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'OLUME 15, NUMBER 1 



FOREIGN MISSION NUMBER 



JANUARY 3, 1953 



LYON, THIRD LARGEST CITY IN FRANCE, CHOSEN FOR 
OUR FIRST PERMANENT TESTIMONY (SEE PAGE 3) 






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By Russell D. Barnard 
Editor, Foreign Mission Number 



Is This New Year ttie Last Year? 

This new year may well be our last year of opportu- 
nity to get the Gospel out to the lost and dying of the 
world; if so, whose shall all the vain earthly things be? 
We may have all of 1953 as a year of opportunity, but 
on the other hand it could well be that these words 
which I have written may be read only by those who 
are left in the world after the rapture of the church. If 
we are in the end daj's, the very edge days, if it's only 
a half-minute until 12, then how we should be chal- 
lenged to spend and be spent for Jesus Christ! 

The goose flies high in America, as we in this new 
year think of the prosperity ahead. Oh, yes, we are in 
a war in Korea, but not so many are thinking too much 
about it, other than those who have loved ones in the 
danger zone. Why, aren't we making more money than 
ever before? Aren't prices good? Isn't the new admin- 
istration in Washington going to change everything for 
the better? Sure, we're losing some American boys in 
Korea, but what's that compared to this great prosper- 
ity? I hope not one single reader has such wicked 
thoughts. Such thoughts are certainly carnal. They 
make us more dependent on things of this world, and 
less dependent on the goodness and mercy of God. 

Christ Really First? 

Is Christ really first in our lives? We sing "I Sur- 
render All," but can we honestly sing it when we are 
spending unbelievable amounts for home comforts, mod- 
ern conveniences, the latest model inventions, and yet 
spend only a pittance for the work of Jesus Christ? 
Jesus spoke of those who put love and loyalty to parents, 
children, lands, golds, and such in a higher position than 
love for the blessed Son of God. I fear most of us don't 
even catch a gleam of what it is to put Jesus Christ 
first. But our foreign missionaries know! When they 
leave home, loved ones, children, parents, modern con- 
veniences and comforts, health, social and educational 
advantages; when they face bodily danger, disease per- 
ils, hatred, communism, superstition, loneliness, heart- 
ache; when they are willing to lose themselves in the 
jungles of a distant land, when they face the embarrass- 
ment of being told they are not wanted, when they fight 
for existence in an antagonistic society; they are able to 
tell us something of putting Christ first. If they do all 
these things "for Jesus' sake," should we consider the 
giving of our money, even money we had planned to 
spend for selfish or family pleasure, as a comparable 
thing? Until we have been pained by sacrificial giving 
as much as they have been pained in sacrificial service 
we can claim no comparable blessing. 



Serving With Many Tears 

We know a lot about serving with laughter and hilar- 
ity, about serving while enjoying great earthly bounties, 
about serving as we walk in very pleasant places, but do 
we know so very much about "serving with many 
tears"? The Apostle Paul understood, mothers with 
children 10,000 miles away understand, one sitting by 
the jungle bedside of a dying loved one understands. 
How often have we served with many tears? Thousands 
of people gave $5 for foreign missions last year, thou- 
sands more gave $10 or $20, and the sad part of the story 
is that many thousands more gave absolutely nothing to 
tell the lost men and women of the world of the living, 
saving Christ. Do such small gifts, just as we speak of 
them, make you think of serving with tears? Serving 
with tears is serving while brokenhearted over the sins 
of the world, serving when the affection for Jesus Christ 
is so much greater than any other affection. We must 
sow in tears and serve in tears if we would abound in 
the joys of Jesus Christ. 



Lyon, France, Chosen 

The board of trustees of the Foreign Missionary Soci- 
ety unanimously approved the recommendation of Bro. 
Fred Fogle, our missionary in France, in approving 
Lyon, France, as the location for our pioneer work in 
France. Brother Fogle has been given the "go" sign, 
and will be moving from Paris to Lyon in the very near 
future. If suitable housing is found, the moving will 
have been accomplished at the Christmas season. Few 
men, even those who have been for many years in 
France, know the evangelical situation in France better 
than Brother Fogle. We urge that you remember the 
Fogies daily in prayer as they make a start in this new 
area. It will be hard; not one person has ever suggested 
that it will be easy. But we have the God of the impos- 
sible as the God who makes things possible for us. We 
march on! Those who are studying in France prepara- 
tory to going to Africa will remain in Paris at least for 
the present. 



Missionary Outfit Clubs 

We're rejoicing that so many of our churches are 
really functioning in relation to the Missionary Outfit 
Clubs. Gifts from the first 14 churches have reached a 
total of $350. We are especially thrilled by many of the 
larger gifts which have come from our smaller and 
newer churches. When all or most of our churches re- 
spond in any way proportionate to the first 14, we will 
have sufficient to care for the outfit needs of the Zielas- 



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kos — that is, its purchase, transportation, and customs. 
We so greatly appreciate all who are helping in such a 
gracious manner. We would appreciate having your re- 
ports in at the earliest possible time. 

Some have written of problems in the execution of the 
outfit club plan. Please understand that this thing need 
not be done just the way we suggest. We believe the 
plan suggested has many merits, but if your church can 
accomplish the purpose by any variation of the plan, 
feel free to make changes. Our desire is for a great 
volume of prayer for our missionary candidates as they 
go to the field, and for an opportunity to be given for all 
missionary -minded members of our congregations to 
make some love gift toward the outfit of every mission- 
ary or missionary family. The goal, of course, is at least 
$1 toward the outfit needs of every such unit. 

More Seed for the Church 

"The blood of the martyrs, the seed of the church" has 



been the church's character since the early days. Mar- 
tyrdoms haven't ceased. Sr. Ricardo Garcia, one of the 
faithful national evangelists of the Mexican Indian Mis- 
sion, suffered martyrdom on October 19. He and 2 other 
national evangelists were serving in the State of Hidalgo 
when a mob of about 30 fanatics broke into the place of 
meeting and announced their intention to kUl all 3 
evangelists. They were taken off to the woods. One 
was set free; a second, who was stabbed, fell over a 
precipice and escaped, but the third, Brother Garcia, 
was shamefully mistreated, beaten, and kicked. They 
made fun of his Bible and his faith, and finally shot him 
and left him in the woods. Our sympathies are extended 
to his loved ones; our prayers are for his fellow laborers 
and for the Mexican Indian Mission. Pray, too, that our 
missionaries serving in Baja California may be protected 
and empowered as they present the gospel message. 
This fanatical attitude is not characteristic of the Mex- 
ican people, except as they are incited by unfriendly 
priests. 



WHY LYON? 



In the 'editorials you will have noticed that Lyon, 
France, has been unanimously approved by the board 
of trustees of our society as the location for our first 
permanent testimony in France. We feel you should 
know something of this great city and some of the rea- 
sons for our choice. The paragraphs following, except 
the last paragraph, are from material prepared by Bro. 
Fred Fogle and sent to the members of our board for 
their information. They will answer many of your 
questions. The picture on the front cover is of just one 
small section of this great city. 

Lyon is the third city of France with a population of 
800,000. The surrounding area is rather densely popu- 
lated—a city of over 200,000 is located 40 miles from 
Lyon, another of 100,000 or more is 80 miles from Lyon, 
and yet another of 100,000 or more is 110 miles from 
Lyon. In addition, there are many smaller cities of 
50,000 and less within close proximity. 

In comparison to population, Lyon is the least evan- 
gelized city in France. In the vast area to the south, 
north, and west of Lyon, as far as Normandy, there are 
fewer Protestant churches and fewer gospel testimonies 
than in any other part of France. There are a few faith- 
ful workers in the city and area, but, oh how few, when 
one considers the estimate made recently that there are 
not more than 175 or 200 believers in that city of 800,000 
souls. Just to the west is an area called the "Auvergne" 
where there is practically no testimony. Many of the 
smaller towns with populations as large as 30,000 have 
NO GOSPEL WITNESS. There are real possibilities for 
an itinerant ministry; the opportunities are unlimited! 

Lyon is one of the business capitals of France and is 
known as an intellectual center. There are avalaible 
any number of travel agencies which could be used in 
caring for the transportation needs of the various mis- 
sionaries traveling between the United States and Africa 
by way of France. Plane connections may be had from 
this area to Bangui just as well as from Paris, and boats 
from Douala and New York City come regularly to 
Marseille, which is approximately 150 miles from Lyon. 

The educational possibilities in Lyon are second only 
to Paris. The University of Lyon, second in France, 



gives a course in French for foreigners very similar to 
the one offered at the University of Paris. Another 
school, the University at Grenoble, just a drive of 2 
hours from Lyon, has been a favorite of many foreign 
students of French. Living accommodations in this area 
for our future missionaries would not be any more diffi- 
cult to secure than in Paris, and should be much easier. 

Of interest, but not having a bearing on the decision 
to open our testimony in Lyon, are a few historical facts. 
Lyon was the ancient capital of Gaul. Irenaeus, the 
"grandson" in the faith of the Apostle John, was a mis- 
sionary in this area and later became pastor of the 
church of Lyon. This city was a capital of Protestantism 
during the Reformation, but is far, far from that now. 

On a trip to Lyon during October, in order to spread 
the Gospel and investigate the area, over 500 gospel 
posters were put up in Lyon on which were written a 
Bible text and an offer of a free New Testament. To 
date I have in my possession 10 letters written by people 
in Lyon who saw the posters and were interested enough 
to write and ask for a New Testament. 

It is our plan to move into the Lyon area at the earliest 
possible time, preferably in a town separate from, but at 
the same time touching on the city proper. As the Lord 
opens up possibilities and gives contacts, a Bible class 
will be begun in the town in which we will live and also 
one in Lyon proper. 

Work in the city of Lyon is only a beginning. Testi- 
monies in additional unevangelized areas should begin 
at the earliest possible moment. From the beginning 
the burden for such evangelization wUl be placed as a 
challenge before French national believers. But we 
must have more missionaries — 2, 3, and if possible, 4 
families. Furloughs considered, 4 families would be the 
minimum requirement in any field. Such expansion in 
France, considering the needs of all our fields, seems 
impossible. The flesh says it is impossible, but I am 
reminded of a Scripture — "With men this is impossible;: 
but with God all things are possible" (Matt. 19:26). Our 
board would be happy to talk with young people inter- 
ested in serving in France. Self-supporting mission- 
aries in France are a possibility. 



January 3, 1953 



THE CASE OF THE MfSSING SUNDAY SCHOOL PUPILS 

By Mrs. James B. Marshall, Corral de Bustos, Argentina 



My Sunday school pupils are missing, it is true, but 
their whereabouts is not a mystery. I know where to 
locate each child that should be attending my class. I 
could go to each one today and invite him to Sunday 
school, but when Sunday comes he still will be missing 
from the class. The mystery lies in the problem of how 
we are going to win these boys and girls for the Lord. 

Olga is an attractive child of 12. Although her family 
are not believers, she attended my Sunday school class 
during the summer months. As soon as classes started 
in the public school where she attends, Olga stopped 
coming to Sunday school. Her teacher is an attractive 
divorced woman, whose name the whole town links with 
that of the local priest in a malicious way. Olga is prac- 
tically forced to attend the Catholic church by the pres- 
sure brought upon her by this woman. 

A chubby youngster, Carlos, came to my Sunday 
school class for the first time one Sunday last winter. 
One of our faithful women talked to him about the Lord 
and explained to him about the Bible. Carlos became 
very interested. He lingered to talk after the class, and 
expressed enthusiastically his interest and his desire to 
return to the meetings. He attended a few and then we 
began to miss him. The next time he came to Sunday 
school I asked him why he hadn't been coming so faith- 
fully as before. He replied, "My mother permits me to 
come, but my grandmother, who lives with us. beats me 
for coming to the evangelical church. But I like it, I like 
it, I like it, and I'm going to come as long as my mother 
lets me." But Carlos didn't come to the meetings again. 
When we see him on the streets he expresses the same 
interest as before, but says that he can't come because of 
his grandmother's hatred of the evangelicals. 

Last summer Marta entered my Sunday school class 
and assisted quite faithfully for 2 or 3 months. She was 
very enthusiastic about taking part in our Christmas 
program. After classes started in the public schools we 
lost Marta completely. In the school Marta and her 
little sister claim to be evangelicals and thus are exempt 
from taking the class in religion. We have visited the 
mother, seeking an explanation, but lies flow so freely 
from her lips that we have little confidence in what she 
tells us. However, she explained that in their neigh- 
borhood lives a very faithful Catholic woman who is 
always stopping Marta on the street and talking to her 
about coming to our meetings, telling her that only bad 
women enter the door of the evangelical church. What 
can a child do when the parents show no interest in the 
Gospel, when classmates make fun, and when neighbors 
threaten? 

Michael, a boisterous, mischievous boy of 13, never at- 
tended my class regularly, but during the vacation 
months he attended other church meetings quite regu- 
larly. He prayed in prayer meeting for his unconverted 



parents, but when school started Michael stopped com- 
ing. He gives as his excuse that he has to study at 
night and on Sunday afternoon he attends the movie. 
We believe that the real reason is because he doesn't 
like the jeers of his classmates. 

At one time Chocha was one of the most faithful mem- 
bers of the class and had professed to accept Christ as 
her personal Saviour. Chocha, unfortunately, is one of 
many children in a very poor family. Many such chil- 
dren are placed in homes as servants. They receive 
their room and board and a sum of money which 




Sunday school and D. V. B. S. pupils in Argentina. 

amounts to about $2 per month. Chocha, who is now 13 
years old, and her younger sister, who before came 
faithfully to our primary class, have been placed in 
Catholic homes as servants. Now they never come to 
our Sunday school. We are trusting that their profes- 
sions of faith in Christ were sincere, and that in spite of 
such strong opposition they wUl continue faithful to the 
teaching they have received in our Bible classes. 

Such is the case of the missing Sunday school pupUs. 
What is the solution? We face much opposition in our 
efforts to win children and young people for the Lord. 
but God is able to overcome all obstacles and we trust 
that through prayerful, patient effort we'll soon see our 
missing pupils returning. 



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JOSEPH OF BATA 



By Rev. Harold Dunning, M'Baiki, Africa 



The song says that some from every tribe and nation 
will be there — in heaven! For years now it has looked 
as though the M'Baka and M'Baiti peoples were striving 
to be excepted as old David, who died shortly after be- 
coming a Christian, was the only M'Baka believer, and 
we knew of no M'Baiti believers. It is with great joy 
that we can now report conversions among these people. 

A few years ago a traveling evangelist from M'Baiki 
stopped to preach to the workmen at a sawmill. Those 
willing to listen to the "Protestante" preach about the 
"God of the English" were very few, but among them 
was a man named Joseph. He asked questions. He was 
interested. He was a mechanic working on the steam 
engine which furnished the power for the sawmill, but 
his home was many miles away in the Belgian Congo — 
at Stanleyville. 

To Joseph the Gospel was good news indeed and 
brought salvation to his soul. To be saved meant to 
serve — the modern sophistication that a soul can be 
saved by Christ and yet not serve Christ never occurred 
to him. But Joseph could not read or write. What 
could he do? Joseph did 2 things — he started witnessing 
for Christ, and he started learning how to read. For 
some reason he has never been very successful at the 
second; even today he can barely read a few familiar 
verses. God has mightUy blessed him in witnessing. 
He led his wife to Christ, and he led several of his 
friends and fellow workmen to Christ. He has built 
a little thatch-roofed chapel and has labored to fUl it 
with believers. 

A few weeks ago I heard the story of his work. The 
local priest, visiting his own church at the sawmill, found 
the congregation much slimmer. He asked the local 
Catholic teacher for an explanation. The teacher said; 
"Joseph has stolen them." 

"How?" asked the priest. 

"He is always visiting people and preaching to them." 

The priest then visited the white manager of the mUl. 




A native evangelist ■preaching to his people. 

Then he came to Joseph, saying, "Now my white man 
wUl make you stop preaching to Catholics. You can 
preach only to the heathen." 

This caused Joseph no little concern. The white man 
rules Africa. Very often unscrupulous whites oppress 



the black man. Often bigoted priests have persuaded 
managers and owners of plantations, mining camps, and 
sawmills to suppress the preaching of the Gospel. So 
Joseph "held his breath" and waited. 

Joseph's testimony as a Christian had reached his em- 
ployer as well as his fellow workmen. He has refused 




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Brother Dunning ready jor a trip. 

gifts of beer and cigarettes. He has performed his work 
faithfully and cheerfully. His white boss said to me, 
"Joseph is a 'brave type' (a good fellow)." We do not 
know if the priest said anything about the affair. More 
than likely he did not; he must realize that the people 
in question are only nominally Catholic. So far Joseph 
has heard nothing further. He has gone on preaching 
and the work is growing. 

A few weeks ago I stopped to visit Joseph. The chapel 
was filled and overflowing. The people purchased every 
New Testament, songbook. Gospel, and verse booklet I 
had. But joy upon joy, there were M'Baka and M'Baiti 
people listening! Recently some from these tribes gave 
witness to their faith by being baptized. 

Any work for God costs. Church people at home 
realize that their gifts are needed. Joseph also has had 
to give. He has given his fi'ee time. Last month the 
price he has to pay was raised. The company installed 
electric power and the steam engine has been shut down. 
The white boss offered Joseph a job on the company 
steamboat, which would mean that he would have to go 
to Brazzaville and give up his chapel work. Joseph re- 
fused and humbly accepted a job as an assistant me- 
chanic in the garage at more than a 50-percent cut in 
pay — from $60 to $24 a month. Yes, there is a price to 
pay in this service — the price of many temporal advan- 
tages. The pay, however, is eternal, and there is no 
substitute. 

Pray for Joseph; pray for his work at Bata; pray for 
his witness among the M'Baka and M'Baiti people. Pray 
for a young man whom he recently led to the Lord. This 
young man has expressed a desire to prepare himself for 
preaching to his own people — the M'Baka. 



January 3, 7953 




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Bossenihele, Africa — 

"The Lord continues His blessing upon the work at 
Bossembele. There were 12 decisions this morning (De- 
cember 1). The crowd was about as large as at any time, 
even though the service was in the hot sun — the roof 
has been taken down in the process of enlarging the 
church. 

"Several weeks ago a very wicked woman was saved. 
Quite a number of the natives are wondering if she will 
stick it out, but even more are praying for her, so we 
know He is able if she will but trust Him for victory. 
All of which makes us praise the Lord. 

"The church also made some moves for which we had 
been praying ever since coming here. In fact, they did 
so many things all at once that we were hoping they 
would do that it makes us think they are getting ready 
to ask us for something. 

"1. They adopted a system (envelopes) for tithing. 
The first Sunday their offerings were 8 times the best 
they had ever done before. 

"2. This so surprised them as to what could be done 
that they promptly raised the preacher's salary. They 
tripled it. He isn't even a member of a union. 

"3. They appointed 3 (all who were willing at the 
time — we are praying for a few inore to go too) men to 
go out to 3 large villages that are too far for the people to 
come in on Sundays. They go out Saturday evenings 
and hold converts' classes and then preach at a central 
point on Sunday. We have had several hundred deci- 
sions from this method so far. 

"Thus is our joy. 

"On Wednesdays I have a 'school' for these 3 men and 
other leaders of the church on methods of teaching a 
converts' class, singing, how to prepare messages, etc. 

"I should have said that point #4 was the fact that the 
church divided Bossembele town into districts and 
placed a leader and his wife over all the converts on 
that road. They hold classes and see that those in 
chai'ge of the classes are faithful in their teachings. In 
other words, the teaching of the converts has been 
farmed out. With close to 400 on the list of those having 
made decisions, it is too difficult for the native pastor to 
keep track of them. As soon as the system is working 
here, we will move on to concentrate on another church. 
Pray for us." — "Bob" Hill. 

Santa Rosalia, Baja California — 

"I arrived here safely by plane on Friday, the 5th of 
December. On Saturday I tried to locate the believers 
who were here a year and a half ago. The 2 families 
who sort of carried the load have recently moved to 
Guaymas. The reason for the move was mostly that 
they wanted their children in a church, as the older girls 
are perhaps 15 and 16 years old. That leaves about 3 



adult believers here who were here a year and a half 
ago, and 2 more they tell me of who live out of town a 
ways. I met 2 days with the most active of the group, a 
woman, and there were a few others interested in lis- 
tening too each time, but as a group they are now inac- 
tive. Two other families moved to Mexicali and Ense- 
nada about a year ago, so I don't know what to think of 
the prospects here unless there were a full-time worker. 

"Hope to go to San Ignacio tomorrow or as soon as 
possible. Will try to keep you informed." 

— Walter Haag. 

[Editor's note — What a challenge — 8,000 people living 
in Santa Rosalia and only 5 of them believers!] 

Bozoiim, Africa — 

"Yesterday (November 28) 23 men graduated from the 
Bible institute. Besides the regular people at the Bible 
institute and Bozoum, we had Dr. Floyd Taber, Miss 
Marybeth Munn, and Brother and Sister Roy Snyder as 
guests. Marc Volongou gave the graduation address. 

"We burned the tall grass around the concession last 
evening, and today the place is covered with charred 
grass stubs. Once again our God has protected and kept 
through the flames. I always think of the verse, 'Saved, 
yet so as by fire.' Of course, as long as there are the 
unbumed spots, even at a good distance, there is danger." 

— Orville Jobson. 

■Macapa, Brazil — 

"I want to tell you about the chapel we have com- 
pleted in the 'Creek of the Women.' This 1-room build- 
ing is covered with grass, has a board floor, and the walls 
are about 12 by 19 feet. This last Friday evening (Octo- 
ber 31) we had our first service there and had about 130 
inside and over 50 outside the building. We are praising 
the Lord for the interest and trust that souls will be 
saved in the future as we labor here. We wUl have a 
Sunday school on Sunday afternoons and at least 1 
week-night service per week. This building when 
painted (whitewash) and equipped with electricity will 
cost about S120. You can't build for that at home, can 
you? The believers here have already paid for half this 
amount, besides giving their time in the building. 

"I just recently made a trip to Mazagao with the direc- 
tor of works here in Macapa. We went in the gover- 
nor's airplane, a trip of only 10 minutes. The mayor of 
that town has very generously given us 2 lots, or an 
area of about 125 by 140 feet. It is located right in the 
center of the town. Since this is located right in the 
center of the town and in such a desirable location, we 
feel we must build a little better than the building men- 
tioned above. We purpose to build a 1-room type build- 
ing, slightly larger than the one at Macapa. This build- 
ing will cost about $300, and the believers in Mazagao 
will be helping us." — Edioard D. Miller. 



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REPORT OF GIFTS 

To the Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren Church — July 1, 1952, to December 1, 7952 



ATLANTIC DISTRICT 

Chambersburg, Pa $ 15.50 

Hagerstown, Md 80.00 

Harrisburg. Pa 28.63 

Martinsburg. W. Va 545.00 

Philadelphia. Pa. (1st) 125.75 

Philadelphia. Pa. (3d) 40.67 

Seven Fountains. Va 44.50 

Washington. D. C 2,003.17 

Atlantic District 42.00 

Atlantic District WMC 50.00 

2,975.22 

Grace Brethren Ch^irch, Chamhershurg, Pa. 

General Fund .50 

Rottler Funds 15.00 

15.50 

Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md. 

General Fund 10.00 

Rottler Funds 70.00 

80.00 

Melrose Gardens Brethren Church, 
Harrisburg, Pa. 

Zielasko Funds 28.63 

Rosemont Brethren Church, 
Martinsburg, W. Va. 

General Fund 415.00 

Africa Special Fund . . . 130.00 

545.00 

First Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa. 

General Fund 76.00 

Goodman Funds 5.00 

Maeonaghy Funds 14.75 

Schwartz Funds 30.00 

125.75 

Third Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa. 

M. Kennedy Funds 15.17 

Maeonaghy Funds 25.50 

40.67 

Trinity Brethren Church, 
Seven Fountains, Va. 

General Fund 44.50 

First Brethren Church, Washington, D. C. 

General Fund 2.003.17 

Atlantic District 

Africa Special Fund . . . 7.00 

Foster Funds 10.00 

Schwartz Funds 25.00 

42.00 

Atlantic District WMC 

Missionary Residence Fund 50.00 

CALIFORNIA DISTRICT 

Chico 9.31 

La Crescenta 13.91 

Long Beach (1st ) 3.057.64 

Los Angeles (1st) 146.90 

Los Angeles ( 2d ) 415.00 

Los Angeles (3d) 210.00 

Modesto (La Loma) 5.00 

San Diego 52.61 

Seal Beach 288.92 

South Gate 113.62 

South Pasadena 421.90 

Temple City 25.30 

Tracy 54,59 

Whittier (Community) 509.78 

California District 45.00 

California District WMC 15.00 

5.384.48 

Grace Brethren Church, Chico, Calif. 

Maeonaghy Funds 9.31 

Mountain Brethren Church, 
La Crescenta, Calif. 

Maeonaghy Funds 13.91 

January 3, 7953 



First Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif 

General Fund 2.189.75 

Africa General Fund . . 16.00 

Africa Leper Fund 70.89 

Argentina General Fund 5.00 

Argentina Special Fund 100.00 

Baja Calif. General Fund 25.00 

Bickel Funds 5.00 

Coon Memorial Fund . . 100.00 

France General Fund . . 5.00 

Nielsen Funds 100.00 

Samarin Funds 61.00 

Zielasko Funds 380.00 

3.057.64 

First Brethren Church, Los Angeles, Calif. 

General Fund 4.00 

Baja Calif. Special Fund 115.00 

Maeonaghy Funds 27.90 

146.90 

Second Brethren Church, Los Ang?les, Calif. 

Balzer Funds 400.00 

Howard Funds 7.50 

Maeonaghy Funds 7.50 

415.00 

Third Brethren Church, Los Angeles, Calif. 

Bija Calif. General Fund 10.00 

Brazil General Fund . . . 100.00 

Brazil Special Fund . . . 100.00 

210.00 

La Loma Grace Brethren Ch^lrch, 
Modesto, Calif. 

Africa Special Fund 5.00 

First Brethr2n Church, San Diego, Calif. 

Baja Calif. Gsneral Fund 7.56 

Haag Funds 30.03 

Howard Funds 15.02 

52.61 

First Brethren Church, Seal Beach, Calif. 

General Fvmd 288.92 

First Brethren Church, South Gate, Calif. 

General Fund 75.00 

Teeter Funds 38.62 

113.62 

Fremont Avenue Brethren Church, 
South Pasadena, Calif. 

Maeonaghy Funds 10.00 

Teeter Funds 411.90 

421.90 

Temple City Brethren Church, 
Temple City, Calif. 

Altig Funds 5.30 

Baja Calif. General Fund 10.00 

Maeonaghy Funds 10.00 

25.30 

First Brethren Church, Tracy, Calif. 

General Fund 20.00 

Maeonaghy Funds 13.31 

E. Myers Funds 21.28 

54.59 

Community Brethren Chitrch, Whittier, Calif. 

General Fund 502.78 

Baja Calif. General Fund 7.00 

509.78 

California District 

General Fund 20.00 

Argentina General Fund 5.00 

Kliever Funds 20.00 

45.00 

California District WMC 

Bickel Funds 10.00 

Howard Funds 5.00 

15.00 



CENTRAL DISTRICT 



Alto, Mich 

Berrien Springs. Mich 

Berne. Ind 

Clay City, Ind 

Covington, Ohio 

Dayton, Ohio (1st) 

Dayton, Ohio (N. Riverdale) ... 
Dayton. Ohio (Patterson Park) 

Flora, Ind 

Fort Wayne, Ind 

Huntington, Ind 

Lake Odessa. Mich 

New Troy. Mich 

Osceola. Ind 

Sharpsville. Ind 

South Bend. Ind 

Troy. Ohio 

Winona Lake. Ind 

Central District 

Central District Camp 

Central District WMC 



21.55 
39.50 
20.75 

227.00 
15.75 

140.22 
87.39 
10.00 
10.18 

210.75 
18.29 

126.53 
21.00 

600.00 
51.80 

147.80 
26.40 
51.53 

655.00 
61.81 
29.81 



2,706.11 

Calvary Brethren Church, Alto, Mich. 



General Fund . 
C. Taber Funds 



9.00 
12.55 



21.55 



Grace Brethren Tabernacle, 
Berrien Springs, Mich. 



C. Taber Funds 


7.50 


Foster Funds 


15.00 


Zielasko Funds 


17.00 



39.50 

Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, Ind. 

Hoyt Funds 20.75 

First Brethren Church, Clay City, Ind. 



General Fund . . . 
Foster Funds .... 
V. Meyers Funds 



200.00 
13.50 
13.50 



227.00 



First Brethren Church, Covington, Ohio 

C. Taber Funds 15.75 

First Brethre7i Church, Dayton, Ohio 



Byron Funds 


36.12 


Jobson Funds 


25.00 


Magazine Fund 


3.50 


C. Taber Funds 


75.60 



140.22 



North Riverdale Brethren Church, 
Dayton, Ohio 



General Fund . 
C. Taber Funds 



15.00 
72.39 



87.39 



Patterson Park Brethren Church, 
Dayton, Ohio 

C. Taber Funds 1000 

Grace Brethren Church, Flora, Ind. 

Foster Funds 10.18 

First Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, Ind. 



Beaver Funds 


23.00 


Habegger Funds 


32.00 


Mason Funds 


117.30 


C. Taber Funds 


13.25 


F. Taber Funds 


25.20 



210.75 

Grace Brethren Church, Huntington, Ind. 

C. Taber Funds 18.29 

Grace Brethren Church, Lake Odessa, Mich. 



General Fund . . 
Goodman Funds 
C. Taber Funds . 



51.71 

5.00 

69.82 



126.53 

New Troy Brethren Church, New Troy, Mich. 
C. Taber Funds 21.00 



Bethel Brethren Church, Osceola, Ind. 



General Fund . . 
C. Taber Funds 



500.00 
100.00 



600.00 



Peru Brethren Church, Peru, Ind. 



General Fund . 
C. Taber Funds 



5.00 
128.05 



Grace Brethren Church, Sharpsville, Ind. 

General Fund 51.80 

Sunnymede Brethren Church, 
South Bend, Ind. 



C. Taber Funds 
Zielasko Funds 



15.80 
132.00 



147.80 



First Brethren Church, Troy, Ohio 

C. Taber Funds 26.40 

Winona Lake Brethren Church, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

Baja Calif. Special Fund 16.53 

G. Jones Funds 35.00 



Central District 



General Fund . 
F. Taber Funds 



630.00 
25.00 



Central District Camp 



General Fund . 
E. Myers Funds 



11.81 
50.00 



Central District WMC 

Foster Funds 

EAST DISTRICT 



Aleppo. Pa 

Altoona. Pa. (1st) 

Conemaugh. Pa 

Everett. Pa 

Hollidaysburg. Pa 

Hopewell. Pa 

Johnstown, Pa. (1st) 

Kittanning, Pa. (1st) 

Kittanning. Pa. (N. Buffalo) 

Martinsburg. Pa 

Meyersdale. Pa 

Mundy's Corner. Pa 

Singer Hill. Pa 

Summit Mills. Pa 

Uniontown. Pa 

East District 

East District SMM 

East District WMC 



61.81 



29.81 



10.00 
40.21 

210.35 
24.17 
10.00 
27.60 
20.00 
55.60 
16.96 

427.95 

361.20 
69.50 
10.00 
28.65 
9.54 
25.00 
50.00 

395.75 



1,792.48 

Aleppo Brethren Church, Aleppo, Pa. 

General Fund 10.00 

First Brethren Church, Altoona, Pa. 

L. Kennedy Funds 40.21 

Conemaugh Brethren Church, 
Conemaugh, Pa. 



General Fund . 
G. Jones Funds 



10.35 
200.00 



210.35 



Everett Grace Brethren Church, Everett, Pa. 



Bicltel Funds 
Foster Funds . 



10.00 
14.17 



Vicksburg Brethren Church, 
Hollidaysburg, Pa. 

L. Kennedy Funds 10.00 

Yellow Creek Brethren Church, Hopewell, Pa. 



Bickel Funds 
Foster Funds . 



14,85 
12.75 



27.60 

First Brethren Ch^trch, Johnstown, Pa. 

General Fund 20.00 

First Brethren Church, Kittanning, Pa. 
General Fund 36.00 



Foster Funds 13.60 

Goodman Funds 6.00 

55.60 

North Buffalo Brethren Church, 
Kittanning, Pa. 

General Fund 13.46 

Foster Funds 3.50 

16.96 

First Brethren Ch^irch, Martinsburg, Pa. 

Foster Funds 29.75 

Sumey Funds 400.00 

427.95 

Meyersdale Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa. 

General Fund 230.80 

Africa General Fund . . . 60.00 

Argentina General Fund 24.00 

Foster Funds 25.30 

L. Kennedy Funds 21.10 

361.20 

Pike Brethren Church, Mundy's Corner, Pa. 

General Fund 69.50 

Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church, 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

Dunning Funds 10.00 

Summit Mills Brethren Church, 
Meyersdale, Pa. 

Foster Funds 17.50 

L. Kennedy Funds 11.15 

28.65 

First Brethren Church, Uniontown, Pa. 

L. Kennedy Funds 9.54 

East District 

General Fund 15.00 

Baja Calif. General Fund 10.00 

25.00 

East District SMM 

Africa Special Fund 50.00 

East District WMC 

Africa Special Fund . . . 50.00 

Brazil Special Fund . . . 145.75 

G. Jones Funds 200.00 

395.75 

IOWA DISTRICT 

Dallas Center 92.76 

Garwin 71.43 

Leon 27.15 

North English 35.85 

Waterloo 24.11 

Iowa District 25.00 

Iowa District WMC 60.00 

336.30 

First Brethren Church, Dallas Center, Iowa 

Byron Funds 25.02 

Maconaghv Funds 37.06 

E. Myers Funds 30.68 

92.76 

Carlton Brethren Church, Garwin, Iowa 

Maconaghv Funds 5.50 

Thurston Funds 65.93 

71.13 

Lcorj Brethren Church, Leon, Iowa 

General Fund 5.00 

Maconaghy Funds 22.15 

27,15 

Pleasant Grore Brethren Church, 
North English, Iowa 

Byron Funds 22.10 

Maconaghy Funds 13.75 

35.85 

Grace Brethren Church, Waterloo, Iowa 

Maconaghy Funds 24.11 

lou'a District 

General Fund 25.00 

Iowa District WMC 

Thurston Funds 60.00 



MIDWEST DISTRICT 



Albuquerque, N. Mex 

Beaver City, Nebr 

Cheyenne, Wyo 

Portis. Kans 

Llano Quemado, N. Mex. 

Ranchitos, N. Mex 

Talpa, N. Mex 

Taos, N. Mex 



19.00 

15.00 

14.83 

50.00 

3.60 

3.00 

3.85 

6.00 



Grace Grethren Church, 
Albuquerque, N. Mex. 



Baja Calif. General Fund 
E. Myers Funds 



15.00 
4.00 



115.28 



19.00 



Grace Brethren Cluirch, Beaver City, Nebr. 

E. Myers Funds •. . 15.00 

First Brethren Church, Cheyenne, Wyo. 

Africa Special Fund 14.83 

First Brethren Church, Portis, Kans. 

E. Myers Funds 50.00 

D. V. B. S., Llano Quemado, N. Mex. 
Baja California General Fund .... 3.60 

D. V. B. S., Ranchitos, N. Mex. 
Baja California General Fund .... 3.00 

D. V. B. S.. Talpa, N. Mex. 
Baja California General Fund .... 3.85 

Canon Brethren Church, Taos, N. Mex. 

Baja California General Fund .... 6.00 

NORTHERN OHIO DISTRICT 



AKron 

Ankenytown 


10.00 
20 00 






Cuyahoga Falls 

Homerville 


10.00 
1 m."; nn 


Wooster .in nn 


Northern Ohio District 

Northern Ohio District SMM . . . 
Northern Ohio District WMC . . . 


54.61 
39.22 

172.21 



1,361.04 

First Brethren Church, Akron, Ohio 

Byron Funds 10.00 

First Brethren Church, Ankenytown, Ohio 

General Fund 10.00 

First Brethren Church, Canton, Ohio 

General Fund 10.00 

Grace Brethren Church, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 

General Fund 10.00 

West Homer Brethren Church, 
Homerville, Ohio 



General Fund 
Inman Funds . 



15.00 
1.000.00 



1,015.00 



First Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio 

L. Kennedy Funds 30.00 

iVorthem Ohio District 



Africa Special Fund 

Byron Funds 

Hoyt Funds 



44.61 
5.00 
5.00 



54.61 
Northern Ohio District SMM 

Mishler Funds 39.22 

Northern Ohio District WMC 



Africa Special Fund 
Byron Funds 



142.21 
30.00 



NORTHWEST DISTRICT 



Albany, Oreg 

Sunnyside, Wash. . 

Yakima, Wash 

Northwest District 



172.21 



97.45 

189.09 

25.11 

36.14 



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Northwest District WMC 



15.50 



363.29 

Grace Brethren Church, Albany, Oreg. 

Argentina General Fund 62.66 

E. Myers Funds 34.79 

97.45 

First Brethren Church, Sunnyside, Wash. 

Dunning Funds 10.00 

Maconaghy Funds 50.00 

E. Myers Funds 129.09 

189.09 

Grace Brethren Church, Yakima, Wash. 

Maconaghy Funds 25.11 

Northwest District 

Argentina General Fund 36.14 

Northwest District WMC 

Maconaghy Funds 15.50 

SOUTHEAST DISTRICT 

Buena Vista. Va 30.36 

Covington. Va 1.71 

Hollins. Va 405.30 

Kingsport, Term 6.70 



Limestone, Tenn 5.00 

Radford. Va 37.35 

Roanoke, Va. (Clearbrook) 121.98 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 85.00 

693.40 

First Brethren Church, Buena Vista, Va. 

Maconaghy Funds 30.36 

First Brethren Church, Covington, Va. 

F. Taber Funds 1.71 

Mountain View Brethren Church, Hollins, Va. 

General Fund 405.30 

Kingsporf Brethren Church, Kingsport, Tenn. 

General Fund 6.70 

Vernon Brethren Church, Limestone, Tenn. 

Africa Special Fund 5.00 

Fairlawn Brethren Church, Radford, Va. 

Maconaghy Funds 37.35 

Clearbroofc Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 

General Fund 108.98 

Maconaghy Funds 13.00 

121.98 



Ghent Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 

Africa Special Fund 85.00 

NATIONAL MISCELLANEOUS DISTRICT 

National Miscellaneous 59.75 

National WMC 2,367.20 

2,426.95 

National MiscellaneoxLS 

Africa Special Fund . . . 56.75 

Baja Calif. General Fund 2.00 

Zielasko Funds 1.00 

59.75 

National WMC 

Africa Leper Fund .... 90.84 

Africa Special Fund . . . 686.58 

Argentina Special Fund 682.39 

Baja Calif. Special Fund 100.00 

Brazil Special Fund . . . 682.39 

France Special Fund . . . 100.00 

Nielsen Funds 10.00 

Wagner Funds 15.00 

2,367.20 

Total Gifts 18.154.55 

Ruth E. Reddick. financial secretary. 
Homer A. Kent, treasurer. 



THE PRICE OF A SLAVE 



(A PARABLE FROM AFRICA) 



By Miss Ruth Snyder, Bozoum, Africa 




Miss Snyder 



Once upon a time in the far-away country of Africa 
there was a great man. This great man lived in the 
days when Africa was truly the dark continent. In the 
days of this great man the light of the glorious Gospel of 
Jesus Christ had not yet begun to dawn among his peo- 
ple. The very thing which made this 
man great shows how dark was the 
African wilderness of his day. His only 
claim to greatness was that he never 
needed to work. So numerous were 
his slaves that it was not necessary for 
him to take a hoe in his hand to culti- 
vate his garden, yet in his household 
there was an abundance of food. This 
food was earned by the sweat of the 
brows of his enslaved fellow creatures. 
One wonders how often this hand 
which had never touched a hoe might have lifted the lash 
to some poor black back bent over his garden. How 
often did this hand smite the face of some child whose 
only offense was to have been born of slave parents? Or 
perhaps this great man had a genial and paternal atti- 
tude toward his extensive household. Whatever he may 
have been, we cannot know, for he long since has dis- 
appeared from the scene of his earthly glory. 

One thing we do know about this man is how he 
obtained the wealth to buy so many slaves. By trade he 
was an elephant hunter. The tusks of this huge animal 
were valuable, even in the eyes of the primitives. From 
the value in exchange, we would probably be safe in 
saying that the primitives placed a higher price on ivory 
than do the people of this plastic age. Three ivory 
bracelets bought a slave. Three ivory bracelets gave 
the body of one human being to the absolute control of 
another. Three ivory bracelets bought a man and all 
his descendants, for the children of slaves are always 
slaves. Three ivory bracelets were all that was required 



to gain control of the destiny of a human being. How 
cheap! 

Look at an elephant some day. Try to figure how 
many bracelets could be made from the tusks of one 
elephant. You will readily see that a nimble hunter 
could acquire so many slaves that he himself would be 
free from the drudgery of common labor. 

Often this great man had to follow the elephants far 
into the wilderness. Many times he must have suffered 
froin hunger and fatigue. Perhaps many times he was 
in danger from lions or leopards. The howl of the hyena 
must often have worried him. But the hope of more 
slaves ever spurred him on to greater effort. 

As the grandson of this great man recounted to us the 
facts concerning his grandfather, we could not but think 
of One who came to free the slaves. The Lord Jesus 
came to earth in order to "deliver them who thi'ough 
fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." 
Ah, what slaves we were! The African in his primi- 
tive culture, we in our sophistication — all were in bond- 
age through fear of death. There was for us nothing but 
the destiny reserved for the slaves of sin. But One 
looked on us with pitying eye. He saw our need. He 
redeemed us from our horrible bondage only by paying 
a great price. We were not redeemed with corruptible 
things, as silver and gold (or ivory bracelets), but with 
the precious blood of Christ. It cost the Lord Jesus His 
life to save us. Now, you, and I, and this African hunt- 
er's grandson are all the Lord's freed-men. No more 
bondage for us! 

What of those whose bonds have not been broken? 
Would you become the hunter who would search for 
men? The price of freedom has been paid. Would you 
go into the wilderness to call its slaves to escape their 
bonds? The old African risked much for slaves. Let us 
dare MORE to free sin's bondmen. 



January 3, 1953 




EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lal^e, Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lalte. Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

15U Maiden Lane S.W.. Roanoke 15, Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



On December 21 the Fort Wayne. 
Ind., church set aside Mr. and Mrs. 
Robert Ervin, Mr. and Mrs. Richard 
Scheerer, and Mr. and Mrs. Don 
Vnasdale to the office of deacon in 
the local church. 

The Atlantic District has issued 
the fii'st number of a small bulletin 
to inform members of the various 
churches in the district of its mission 
work. Bro. J. Edward Cordell, of 
Waynesboro, Pa., is the editor, and 
the paper is to be issued quarterly. 

Grnce Theological Seminary reun- 
ion will be held at Winona Lake 
February 24-27. The program will 
feature 20 members of the alumni 
association and recent pictures froin 
the Holy Land. Rev. Edward Lewis, 
secretary of the alumni association, 
invites all readers to attend this time 
of fellowship. 

Mrs. Lena Warmer, active mem- 
ber of the South Pasadena, Calif., 
church, celebrated her 84th birthday 
December 19. 

Rev. Clyde Landrum has added a 
new feature — The Gospel in the 
News — to the Gospel Truth program 
over WMBS, Uniontown, Pa., each 
Sunday morning at 8. 

The South San Gabriel, Calif., 
church acquired a chapel, once used 
by another church, to use as a place 
of meeting for the junior and junior 
high departments. This church con- 
ducts an evening school as part of 
the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. 
The pastor. Rev. Earle Rosenberger, 
teaches a class on the doctrine of the 
Christian life, and Miss Dorothy Vial 
teaches a teachers' training class. 

Bro. C. L. Eckerraan, of the Long 
Beach, Calif., church, read his Bible 
through twice during 1952, which 
was the 18th time he has done it. 

Rev. Ed Wilson, formerly pastor 
of the Fillmore, Calif., church, is 



seriously ill in an Ontario, Calif., 
hospital. 

Bro. Ben Sickel, member of the 
La Verne. Calif., church and father 
of the late Dr. Clarence Sickel, for- 
mer missionary to Argentina, suf- 
fered a heart attack recently and 
would appreciate the prayers of 
God's people. 

The Whittier, Calif., First church 
has planned a special program for 
January 11 under the direction of 
Rev. Jack Green and members of 
the Young Russian Christian Asso- 
ciation. 

Rev. and Mrs. Ruhel Lucero, mem- 
bers of the Beaumont, Calif., church, 
plan to do evangelistic work in Ari- 
zona and New Mexico. They will 
live in a trailer which they will take 
from place to place. 




Rev. Homer Lingenfelter, pastor of 
the Everett, Pa., church, is on vaca- 
tion. His brother, Rev. Galen Ling- 
enfelter, pastor of the Buena Vista, 
Va.. church, preached at Everett on 
December 28, and Bro. Irvin Miller, 
Winona Lake, Ind., plans to preach 
there January 4. Rev. Glen Yeckly, 
Duncansville, Pa., was in charge of 
the watch-night service December 
31. 

Jim Roseboro, of the Ashland, 
Ohio, church, was named to the 
"All-Ohio Football Team" for the 
season recently closed. 

At the request of the La Vc)-?ie, 



Calif., church, Rev. Orville Lorenz 
is continuing as pastor until Jan- 
uary 31, before making his resigna- 
tion effective. 

The Long Beach, Calif., First 
church began a junior church De- 
cember 14 for children 6-12 years of 
age. This church plans to begin a 
teachers' training class January 11, 
to be taught by Dr. Irving Ahlquist. 

The Trumpet Trio of King's Col- 
lege presented a special program at 
the Clayton, Ohio, church January 1. 

The Atlantic District has planned 
an overnight youth rally for Jan- 
uary 9-10 at the Harrisburg, Pa., 
church. 

The Conemaiigh, Pa., church held 
a reception for its new pastor. Rev. 
Stanley Hauser, and his family De- 
cember 10. They were presented 
with several gifts. 

The mother of Rev. William Gray, 
pastor of the Allentown. Pa., church, 
died at her son's home December 7. 

Bro. Edgar Brackett, of the New 
Troy, Mich., church died on Decem- 
ber's. 

Members of the Alexandria, Va., 
church surprised their pastor. Rev. 
Kenneth Teague, and his family with 
a monetary gift at a Christmas party 
December 19. 

Rev. Charles Underwood, of Long 
Beach, Calif., preached at the Glen- 
dale, Calif., church December 28. 
The young people of this church are 
spending the week end of January 
2-4 at Tahquitz Pines. 

The staff of the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald Company desires to thank 
each customer for the kindness and 
patience shown during the rush and 
extra demands made during the 
Christinas season. 



PRAY FOR THESE SPECIAL MEETINGS 



Dates 
Pond Bank, Pa . . 
Sharpsville, Ind. 

Sidney, Ind 

Middlebranch, O 
Fort Wayne, Ind 
Roanoke, Va. 

(Ghent) 

Spokane, Wash. . 

Chico, Calif 

Modesto, Calif. 

(La Loma) 

San Bernardino, 

Calif 



Church Pastor Speaker 

Dec. 26- Jan. 4. . . Edward Clark. . . . Robert Ashman. 

Dec. 28- Jan. 11. . Scott Weaver Joe Day. 

Dec. 28- Jan. 11 . . Richard DeArmey Ding Teuling. 
Dec. 31- Jan. 4. . . Edward Lewis. . . . Joseph Dombek. 



Jan. 4-11 James Hainmer 



Herman Centz. 



Jan. 4-7 Robert Miller J. Cohn-E. Gruen. 

Jan. 4-7 William Schaffer. . Russell Humberd. 

Jan. 11-16 Ward Tressler Russell Humberd. 

Jan. 12-18 Harold Painter... Vincent Bennett. 

Jan. 20-Feb. 1. . . Lyle Marvin Russell Humberd. 



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BEGIN THE NEW YEAR WITH THESE PRAYER REQUESTS 



GRACE SEMINARY— 

1. Pray that the annual day of 
prayer at the seminary January 22 
will be a time of heart-searching and 
blessing at this half-way point in 
the year. 

2. Pray for the financial needs of 
the seminary, especially for the an- 
nual offering being presented this 
month. 

3. Pray that the students will 
have the necessary strength and 
wisdom for the final examinations 
this month. 

4. Pray for the new semester be- 
ginning January 19 and for the new 
students just entering school. 

FOREIGN MISSIONS— 

1. Praise God for the fine initial 
response to the Zielaskos' outfit fund 
and pray that all churches will re- 
spond not only for the Zielaskos but 
for other new missionaries. 

2. Pray for the work at Furo, an 
outpost from Icoraci, Brazil, where 
antagonism and some stone throwing 
have been showing themselves. Pray 
for protection for the missionaries 
and salvation of the people. 

3. Pray for the midyear meeting 
of the board of trustees beginning 
February 9. Many vitally important 
matters must be decided. 

4. Pray that Rev. and Mrs. John 
(Jack) Teeter will have grace and 
wisdom as they make final prepara- 
tions to sail for Brazil on the first 
passage available after February 15. 

5. Pray for health and journeying 
mercies for Miss Estella Myers, Miss 
Florence Bickel, and Miss Grace By- 
ron as they plan to sail from New 
York some time between January 10 
and 15 for another term of service 
in Africa. 

6. Pray that Rev. and Mrs. Fred 
Fogle will have the blessing of God 
as they move to and begin work in 
Lyon, France. 

7. Praise God for His blessings on 
the testimony in Tijuana, Mexico, 
and pray for the virgin field in the 
Santa Rosalia area, 800 miles south 
of the border, where Bro. Walter 
Haag found discouragement because 
some believers have moved away. 

8. Pray for the missionaries as 
they return from the field council 
meeting held at Bassai, Africa. Pray 
for those entering new ventures of 
faith for Christ and entering into 



districts with which they are not 
familiar. 

9. Pray for the missionaries stud- 
ying in France that they may have 
ears to hear and tongues to speak 
the French language. Pray that 
they may soon be able to go to the 
field where they are greatly needed. 

HOME MISSIONS— 

1. Pray that God will provide 
things necessary for starting a 
church building program next spring 
in Findlay, Ohio. 

2. Pray for the Children's Happy 
Hour held each Wednesday at the 
York, Pa., church, and that the par- 
ents will be reached for Christ and 
the church. This children's hour was 
started by Evangelist Robert Ash- 
man and reached a high of 128 chil- 
dren in one service. 







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3. Pray for the sale of the former 
location and for funds to erect a 
chapel on the new^ location in Temple 
City, Calif. 

4. Pray for the South Bend, Ind., 
church and its new pastor, Bro. Rus- 
sell Ogden, who is completing his 
seminary work before moving to the 
field. 

5. Pray that the new fields open- 
ing to the Brethi-en Church may be 
developed rapidly and become strong 
testimonies. 

6. Pray for the new office secre- 
tary. Miss Louise Blankenship, as 
she assumes the duties of the ofRce 
vacated by Miss Cashel Heckman 
after 6V2 years of faithfulness. 

y'IMC— 

1. Pray that our WMC women 
will join in a crusade of personal 
evangelism — "Operation Two by 
Two." 

2. Pray that new churches will 
be started in homes of Brethren peo- 
ple, beginning with Bible classes or 
Sunday schools. 



3. Pray for the Brethi-en Chris- 
tian day schools sponsored by the 
Long Beach First and Second, the 
Los Angeles First, and the Temple 
City churches in California. 

4. Pray that some of our young 
people will train to teach in the 
Brethren day schools. 

SMM— 

1. Pray for Marybeth Munn, our 
missionary, in her added responsi- 
bilities. 

2. Pray that this will be the' best 
year ever in "living for Christ" by 
Sisterhood girls. 

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP— 

1. Pray that our boys in service 
may have courage to live and wit- 
ness effectively for Christ Jesus. 

2. Pray that the young people 
who are entering college or seminary 
for the second semester may be able 
to make the necessary adjustments 
quickly and that they will profit 
from their studies. 

3. Pray for the youth director as 
he visits among the churches in 
Ohio. 

4. Pray that the financial needs 
of the youth council will continue to 
be met. 

MISSIONARY HERALD— 

1. Pray that all Brethren churches 
will become 100 percent in subscrib- 
ing to the Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald. 

2. Pray that all Brethren churches 
will use our Brethren literature in 
the Sunday schools. 

3. Pray that the Lord will direct 
in printing tracts, calendars, bulle- 
tins, and other literature for the 
church. 

MISCELLANEOUS— 

1. Pray for the Brethren United 
Evangelistic Crusade as it makes 
plans for and carries on evangelistic 
campaigns in 1953. 

2. Pray for the National Sunday 
School Board of the Brethren 
Church as it seeks to encourage and 
aid local Sunday schools. 

3. Pray that the Board of Minis- 
terial Relief will be given the wis- 
dom necessary to do its work. 

4. Pray that God's people will do 
God's will in 1953. 



January 3, 1953 



11 



SUGGESTIONS FOR BRETHREN YOUTH IN 1953 



IT'S AN IDEA! 

To help get your BYF off to a 
good start this new year, try one or 
more of these ideas. 

Get your new officers together, 
with your advisers, and plot your 
program for the next 3 months. Talk 
freely about what you need, the 
strengths and weaknesses of the 
past, and the best ways to establish 
your group in the future. Select 
leaders or teams of leaders, discuss 
program materials.socials, etc. Really 
get down to business for your BYF. 

If things haven't been going too 
good, plan a "gripe meeting." An- 
nounce it ahead of time, and then let 
everyone express their "gripes" 
about BYF, the types of programs, 
officers, etc., in a Sunday-night 
meeting. The new officers should 
preside, and the secretary should 
take notes. Then try to do some- 
thing about these "gripes" in future 
plans. But after receiving the 
"gripes," open the meeting for dis- 
cussion of good things about BYF, 
good programs, good parties, etc. 
This may give you ideas as to how 
to plan future events. 

If you'd like an installation service 
for your new officers that's a little 
different, have each new officer take 
3 to 5 minutes to tell what he or she 
would like to accomplish for Christ 
through the office to which elected, 
and how the entire group can help 
see those goals accomplished. 

For your first party of the new 
year, try an "All New Party," with 
entirely new games, a new place of 
meeting, new kind of refreshments, 
new kind of devotions, new songs to 
sing, etc. It'll take a little scratching 
and doing, but would be fun! 



LET'S HAVE A NEW YEAR'S REVOLUTION! 



SOUTHEAST YOUTH RALLY 

The Southeast District held an 
overnight youth rally November 21- 
22 at the Clearbrook church, near 
Roanoke, Va. 

The program consisted of a Chris- 
tian film and messages by Rev. Carl 
Miller and Bro. Mason Cooper, both 
of Roanoke. The women of the local 
WMC prepared the banquet. 

The boys club elected Robert Mil- 
ler, president; Lynwood Catron, vice 
president; Bud Hughes, secretary- 
treasurer; and Sonny Ryman, assist- 
ant secretary-treasurer. 

The Sisterhood girls elected Doris 



I can remember, when I vi^as a 
teen-ager, for several years straight 
among my new year's resolutions 
was one phrased something like this: 
"Resolved, that I will do everything 
I can to lead at least one soul per- 
sonally to Christ." 

For several years straight that 



^AeMf^m. 




resolution was broken. My inten- 
tions were good, and I knew that it 
was something that I ought to do. 
But do you know what my trouble 
was? I never got started. I'd keep 
putting it off, thinking that I had 
plenty of time to fulfill that one, and 
all of a sudden the year would be 
gone. 

Currentlv, Youth for Christ is 



seeking to enlist 10,000 young people 
who will seek ot win not 1, but 100 
souls for Christ during this year! 
Impossible? No, just difficult. It 
would take more than a resolution to 
produce results like that; it would 
take a revolution — a revolution in 
our lives that would result in really 
putting Christ fii'st in everything, a 
revolution that would make us seem 
to be one-track Christians, with our 
only great interest in the salvation 
of souls. 

Young Life Campaign emphasizes 
the need of reaching the leaders on 
our campuses for Christ, following 
the valid theory that if you get the 
leaders you'll get at least some of the 
followers, too. And it works I On 
dozens of high-school campuses they 
have reached the top athletes and 
officers for Christ, and won many 
others through them. It could hap- 
pen on your campus, too. if you, 
and perhaps some others like you, 
prayed and worked earnestly that it 
would happen! 

Yes, perhaps what we need more 
than resolutions is a revolution that 
will transform our lives for Christ! 



Gilmer, assistant secretary - treas- 
urer; Geraldine Taylor, bandage- 
rolling secretary; and Genieva Law- 
son, junior representative. — Marga- 
ret Surface, district secretary. 



DON'T FORGET 

Your church will be sending its 
home mission offering in to the office 
of the Brethren Home Missions 
Council any day now. Be sure that 
any gifts from your group marked 
"BYF Project" are included with it 
for the missionary project of build- 
ing another Spanish-American chap- 
el in the Taos Valley. One group, 
our BYF at Kittanning, Pa., set a 
goal of $100 for this project, and 
were very near reaching it the last 
I heard! And it's entirely a teen- 
age group of school kids. More 
power to them! 



PLANS FOR CAMP 

Each district of the denomination 
has a young people's camp. Now 
is the time for making preparations 
to attend the camp in your district. 



MUSIC FELLOVVSHIP ORGANIZED 

The National Church Music Fel- 
lowship, an organization to promote 
"spiritual music for a spiritual 
church," was formed in Chicago re- 
cently. 

More than 50 delegates from vari- 
ous parts of the United States, rep- 
resenting 15 Christian colleges, 
agreed that the purpose of this new 
fellowship "shall be to promote fel- 
lowship and cooperation among our 
schools, churches, and other organ- 
izations, in order that the music used 
in services will bring, through divine 
direction, the most powerful and 
permanent spiritual results." 

Mr. Donald P. Hustad. director of 
the department of sacred music at 
the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, 
was chosen president of the new or- 
ganization. 

The next annual convention of the 
body will be held in Chicago in Oc- 
tober 1953. 



"Patience is the ability to idle 
your motor when you feel like strip- 
ping your gears." 



12 



The Brethren Missionary Herald 



Thoughts for Christian Pilgrims 



• By Conard Sandy ' 



God's Balances Are Wonderful 

The laboratories of the Bell Tele- 
phone Company have developed a 
"micro-balance so sensitive that it 
can determine the weight of a frag- 
ment of lint caught floating in the 
air. It is an intricate device, and can 
show changes as minute as 250 mil- 
lionths of a gram." Remember, it 
requires 453 grams to equal 1 pound. 
That means the micro-balance is in- 
deed a very sensitive instrument. 



God's balances are much more 
marvelous. He can weigh both the 
mountains and the dust particles. 
Isaiah spoke of Him as the One who 
"meted out heaven with the span, 
and comprehended the dust of the 
earth in a measure, and weighed the 
mountains in scales, and the hills in 
a balance. . . . Behold, the nations 
are as a drop of a bucket, and are 
counted as the small dust of the bal- 
ance" (Isa. 40:12, 15). 



Blessed Names of Our Lord 




By Rev. Charles Ashman, Rittman, Ohio = 

I. THE SEED OF WOMAN. 

"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name 
which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should 
bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth" 
(Phil. 2:9-10). 

The names of the Lord Jesus are high, holy, numerous, and full of mean- 
ing. So many are there that T. C. Horton has written a 
book, "The Wonderful Names of Our Wonderful Lord," 
in which he chooses a name for meditation for each day 
of the year, 365 names, and he claims that does not 
exhaust the list. Each name carries special significance 
and meaning. In the coming weeks in these articles we 
will seek to glimpse at the glories of some of these 
names of the Lord, in no way intending to be exhaus- 
tive or systematic. 

The 3d chapter of Genesis, verse 15, gives the first 
recorded name applied to our Lord and this prophet- 
ically — "the Seed of Woman." This great chapter actu- 
ally furnishes us with the vital foundation stones "of 
the history of the world, the history of sin, and the historic promise of God" 
concerning the coming Saviour as "the Seed of Woman." 

This name prophetically reveals at least 3 things to us. First, that of 
woman will come a Saviour, virgin born. This can be our only interpretation 
in the light of the revelation of the New Testament concerning the birth of 
Christ. Second, that Satan, the Serpent, would wound in some way this 
promised Redeemer, and that he did with the hands of the Roman soldiers 
at Calvary. Third, that this promised Seed of Woman would finally stamp 
out the life and power of the Serpent and sin, and that He has done on the 
cross of Calvary and will do in His coming judgment. No sooner had sin 
entered the human race than God, because of His love for man, planned sal- 
vation and promised the Saviour, the Seed of Woman. 

"The Seed of Woman," it is said of my Christ, 

To be bruised and to crush through His sacrifice. 

"A virgin" shall bear, said Isaiah of old. 

His name shall be "Jesus," the sweetest e'er told. 

He came to seek and to save all the lost, 

Paying their debt at such infinite cost. 

"Boi-n of a woman in the fulness of time," 

God's gift of His Son, He's yours. He is mine! 



Rev. Charles Ashman 



On the other hand. His balances 
are so delicate they can weigh the 
worth of people. "Surely men of 
low degree are vanity, and men of 
high degree are a lie: to be laid in 
the balance, they are altogether 
lighter than vanity" (Psa. 62:9). 

Remember Belshazzar to whom 
Daniel spoke for his God: "Thou art 
weighed in the balances, and art 
found wanting" (Dan. 5:27). Bel- 
shazzar was too light morally and 
spiritually. What is your weight in 
God's accurate and sensitive bal- 
ances? 



Education Is Not Enough 

Larry P. Fudge, a former high 
school honor student, now only 20 
years old, was indicted for attempt- 
ed extortion by a federal grand jury 
October 22 at Huntington, W. Va. He 
admitted he tried to extort $750 from 
Carole Mae Kingsley, a high school 
girl. He was arrested by FBI agents 
last August near the spot designated 
in his letter for the pay-off. His 
learning and honors did not and 
could not keep him from crime. 

Education is not enough for any 
person. Christ Jesus spoke frankly 
to one of the best-educated men of 
the time of His earthly ministry and 
said to him: "Marvel not that I said 
unto thee. Ye must be born again" 
(John 3:7). Educated people must 
be born again, as must all people, 
and that is the only way they can be 
brought to the place where the de- 
sires for crime and sin will depart. 



Many Communists Are Catholics 

Signer Togliatti, leader of the 
Communist party in Italy, recently 
stated to the Foreign Press Associa- 
tion: "The overwhelming majority 
of Italian Communists are [Roman] 
Catholics. This shows that whatever 
the church may say, no fundamental 
incompatibility exists between com- 
munism and Catholicsm." 

Remember, dear reader, this may 
be and perhaps is true of commu- 
nism and Roman Catholicism, but it 
most surely is not true of commu- 
nism and the church founded by the 
Lord Jesus Christ. No man can 
serve 2 masters — Christ and Stalin. 



January 3, 1953 



13 



DR. A. J. McCLAIN LISTED IN "WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA" 



Two distinct and merited honors 
were bestowed upon Dr. Alva J. Mc- 
Clain in 1952. First, his name and a 
list of his accomplishinents were re- 
corded in the most recent edition of 
"Who's Who in America," and sec- 
ond, he was chosen to be one of the 
featured speakers at the Internation- 
al Congress on Prophecy held in 
New York City in November. 

Alva J. McClain was born at Au- 
relia, Iowa, April 11, 1888, the second 
child of Walter Scott McClain and 
Mary Ellen McClain. His father was 
a minister in the Brethren Church 
in its early days, having been or- 
dained by Elder Henry R. Holsinger; 
his mother was Mary Ellen Gnagey, 
a sister of Dr. A. D. Gnagey, one- 
time editor of Brethren literature. 



o/ BRETHREN WORKERS 




The family moved from Iowa to 
Arizona in 1898 and in 1900 moved to 
Sunnyside, Wash., to join in the 
"Christian Cooperative Colony," a 
project sponsored by Brethren peo- 
ple for Brethren people. It was 
there that Alva McClain played on 
the local high school football team 
that was undefeated in competition, 
1903-07. While playing baseball at 
the University of Washington in 1909 
he hurt his leg and dropped out of 
school to assist his father as a horti- 
culturist at Sunnyside. 

Two very important events oc- 
curred in the life of the young man 
in 1911. On June 7 he married Miss 
Josephine Gingrich, and in Novem- 
ber the young couple were led to 
accept the Lord Jesus as personal 
Saviour in an evangelistic campaign 
at the Sunnyside Brethren Church 
under the evangelistic ministry of 
Dr. Louis S. Bauman. 

The conversion of the young man 
was almost synonymous with his call 
to the ministry of the Gospel. There- 
fore, in the fall of 1913 the young 
couple moved to Long Beach, so he 
could study under the guidance of 
Dr. Louis Bauman. That same fall 



he also enrolled in the Bible Insti- 
tute of Los Angeles and studied un- 
der the direction of Dr. Reuben A. 
Torrey. From this school he went to 
Xenia Theological Seminary, Xenia, 
Ohio. He graduated from this school 
in 1917. He also took some courses 
during his seminary years in Antioch 
College. 

During his seminary days Dr. Mc- 
Clain preached at Bear Creek, Sa- 
lem, and Miainisburg — 3 Brethren 
churches on a circuit in southwest- 
ern Ohio. In 1918 he went to Phila- 
delphia, Pa., to become pastor of the 
First Brethren Church there. Be- 
cause of health reasons the McClains 
returned to southern California and 
he enrolled in Occidental College in 
1923. Two years later he graduated 
with the highest honors in his class 
and during the same year he re- 
ceived the master of theology degree 
from Xenia Seminary. In 1940 he 
was elected a member of Phi Beta 
Kappa in recognition of his scholar- 
ship. The Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles honored him with a doctor 
of divinity degree in 1940 and Bob 
Jones University gave him a doctor 
of laws degree in 1945. 

The one thing for which Dr. Mc- 
Clain is best known is his true-to- 
the-Word teaching. While pastor in 
Philadelphia he taught some courses 
in the Philadelphia School of the 
Bible. For 2 years (1925-27) he 
taught Bible, systematic theology, 
and philosophy in Ashland College 
and Seminary. The next 2 years he 
taught at the Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles. It was during these years 
he did much work in formulating his 
system and lectures on Christian 
theology. 

In 1929 he became minister of edu- 
cation at the Long Beach, Calif., 
First church. Because of the slow- 
ness of church leaders at that time 
in starting a regular seminary for the 
Brethren Church, Brethren Bauman 
and McClain were planning to begin 
a seminary at Long Beach. But then 
the board of trustees of Ashland 
College and Seminary asked Brother 
McClain to return to Ashland as as- 
sistant to Dr. J. Allen Miller, dean of 
the seminary division. Dr. McClain 
was given authority to reorganize 
this division of the school and put it 
on a graduate level for seminaries 
in this country. In 1933 he was ap- 
pointed dean. During the entire pe- 



riod he was at Ashland he headed 
the department of Christian theology 
and apologetics. 

Because of denominational diffi- 
culties he led in the founding of 
Grace Theological Seminary in 1937. 
Dr. McClain is president of the 
school and professor of Christian 
theology. Because of his under- 
standing of the Word of God the 
seminary has grown under his lead- 
ership until now it is one of the very 
best in the world. Former students 
are found in all parts of the world 
standing true to the whole Word 
of God. 




Dr. McClain 

Dr. McClain is the author of many 
articles, printed not only in his own 
denominational church papers, but 
in other magazines, as Bibliotheca 
Sacra and Biblical Review. He was 
on the staff of contributors to the 
last-named magazine for a number 
of years. Also he has written sev- 
eral tracts and booklets, the best- 
known being "Daniel's Prophecy of 
the Seventy Weeks" and "Romans 
Outlined and Summarized." 

In addition to being listed in 
"Who's Who in America," his name 
and biographical sketch are also 
listed in "Who's Who in Religion," 
"Who's Who in Education," and in 
"World Biography." 

Brother McClain has served as a 
member of the board of trustees of 
the Foreign Missionary Society of 
the Brethren Church since 1917. He 
was honored with the moderatorship 
of the national conference in 1930 
and again in 1934. 




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T/je Brethren Missionary Herald 



} 



INTRODUCING FIELD REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 
BRETHREN UNITED EVANGELISTIC CRUSADE 




*«•* **^ 







Arnold Kriegbaum 
Midwest 






Wm. H. Schaffer 
Northwest 




Lester Pifer 
Northern Ohio 



Wm. A. Steffler 
Central 



Clyde Landrum 
East 



THESE MEN WILL APPROACH ALL BRETHREN PASTORS AND CONGREGATIONS TO ASSIST IN ARRANGING 
CAMPAIGNS FOR THE FALL OF '53, AND FOR THE '54 AND '55 SEASONS 

HERE IS THE SITUATION— 

The CRUSADE COMMITTEE needs to have as many campaigns as possible asked for, so as to arrange their 
work wisely and economically. 

The CRUSADE COMMITTEE plans to send a team into one district and keep it working in that section for an en- 
tire year if there are churches enough in the district, or enough new fields there to use it. Some districts 
could use a team continuously for 2 years. This works for an accumulative spirit of evangelism, and keeps 
down traveling costs. 

The CRUSADE COMMITTEE plans enough teams to provide a different team for each district year after year. 
THE DRIVE FOR SOULS MUST NOT LET UP AT ANY TIME. 

OUR GOAL OF TWENTY THOUSAND SOULS FOR CHRIST IN FIVE YEARS CANNOT BE WON IN ONE 
SPURT. BUT IT CAN BE DONE THROUGH FAITHFUL PRAYING AND WITNESSING, AND GOING 
OUT AFTER SOULS! AFTER THE FIRST TWENTY THOUSAND ARE WON, THERE WILL BE TWENTY 
THOUSAND MORE OF US TO WIN FORTY THOUSAND! 

The California Churches are rising to the challenge in a wonderful way, and our first team will begin in that dis- 
trict at the Long Beach First Church March 1. The team will continue in California till the month of Novem- 
ber both in churches and with the tent in new sections. These California churches not only want expansion, 
they want revival! 

As this copy is being prepared, the Central District has also sent in a fine schedule oj meetings for next season. 

PRAY EARNESTLY— 

That God shall supply our urgent needs for equipment during the next 60 days. We have no offering day- We are 

wholly dependent upon those whose hearts are burdened for revival. 
That God will visit us with a great, wide-sweeping revival. 

The Brethren United Evangelistic Crusade 

BOX 28 BERNE, INDIANA 



V - 5-53 
^ev. anfl i.i-s. iJlaine Snyder 
fcfinona Lake, Ind. 








CHURCHES 



San Bernardino, California 

The Arrowhead Avenue Brethren 
Church of San Bernardino was re- 
cently oi-ganized and officers were 
elected to assume office January 1. 
The church was started April 1, 1949, 
but was not organized until now. 

There were 153 people in Sunday 
school, 95 in the morning service, 
and 155 at the evening Christmas 
program December 21. "The Birth- 
day of the King," a new hymn writ- 
ten by Brother Baldwin, a member 
of the church, was used for the fii-st 
time in the evening service. — Lyle 
Marvin, pastor. 

Dry Hill, Kentucky 

Miss Patty Griffith, president of 
the national SMM, has returned to 
her home at Conemaugh, Pa. 

Mr. Leroy Hodson, of Dayton, 
Ohio, recently showed his third di- 
mensional pictures of the Holy Land 
to 76 people here. 

Seven fellows from the Covington, 
Ohio, church worked on the chapel 
and gave their testimonies in word 
and song one week end. Mr. and 
Mrs. Harold Auman, of Scott, Ohio, 
helped in putting the sheet rock on 
the chapel walls. 

From the Dayton, Ohio, North 
Riverdale church have come a num- 
ber of people who have been of great 
help in the erection of the chapel 
building. Among these are Mr. Fred 



Additions to Membership 

Chico, Calif 1 

Hagerstown, Md 8 

La Verne, Calif 6 

Spokane, Wash 2 

Pwbiic Confessions 

Alexandria, Va 3 

Chico, Calif 8 



Simpson, Mr. Paul Kuhlman, Mr. 
Leroy Hodson, Mr. Martin, Mr. Nor- 
man Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Charles 
Hautt, Mr. Charles Arthur, and Mr. 
Orville Beetley. 

We appreciate the help given to 
us by every one of these people. — 
Evely7i Fuqiia, missiormry. 

Blessed Hope Conferences 

We held 2 blessed hope confer- 
ences: 1 at the Wooster, Ohio, church 
November 23-28, the other at the 
Akron, Ohio, church November 30- 
December 7. 

Weather and holiday conditions 
were not conducive to large attend- 
ances, but it was a joy to devote the 
time to the presentation of God's 
plan of the ages in a series of "Seven 
Sevens of Prophecy." There was a 
keen interest and a deep appreciation 
on the part of those who attended. 

The Akron church was in the 
process of installing a new heating 
system for the present building and 
the addition being built for the Sun- 
day school, yet the people gave at- 
tention to their spiritual interests as 
well. — Dr. Charles Ashman, teacher. 



HISTORICAL MATERIAL NEEDED 

There is an urgent need for his- 
torical records and books concerning 
the Brethren Church from its very 
beginning until now. Students in 
the seminary very much desire to 
get copies of the histories of the de- 
nomination by Martin Brumbaugh 
or Henry Holsinger. 

Anyone having books, articles, 
pamphlets, magazines, letters, or 
clippings from newspapers that are 
of historical interest concerning our 
denomination and who would give 
or sell them to add to the collection 
the editor of this paper is making 
please contact him. Do this now, 
for the material is needed for re- 
search work. 



PLAN YFC WORLD CONGRESS 

The 6th annual World Congress on 
Evangelism, sponsored by the Youth 
for Christ International, is being 
planned for Tokyo August 9-16. 
Plans are also being made for 50 
evangelistic teams to follow the con- 
gress by extensive preaching of the 
Gospel throughout Japan. 

Executive Director of YFC, Ted 
W. Engstrom, has already gone to 
Japan to prepare for the congress 
and the evangelistic work. David 
Morken, vice president for the Far 
East, is working with Engstrom on 
the program. 




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Catholic Power 

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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



January 3, 1953 




OLUME 15, NUMBER 2 



WMC NUMBER 



JANUARY 10, 1953 



THE FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH BUILDING, MARTINSBURG, PA. 




(See "Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, Church Is Growing" on Page 22) 




EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lalce. Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanoke 15. Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



The Glertdale, Calif., church has 
scheduled Dr. Charles Woodbridge 
as preacher for January 18 and 25. 
Rev. Archie Lynn's resignation is 
effective January 15. 

Rev. James Dixon, of Washington, 

D. C, will be the speaker at a Sun- 
day school rally sponsored by the 
Brethren churches in the Roanoke, 
Va., area. The rally will be held at 
the Ghent church in Roanoke. 

Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Hanson, of 
Long Beach, Calif., announce the 
engagement of their daughter, Edi- 
sene, to Pro}. John C. Whitcomb, Jr., 
of Winona Lake, Ind. 

Miss Ruth Snyder, Brethi-en mis- 
sionary to Africa, arrived home in 
Conemaugh, Pa., December 23 for a 
furlough term. 

Mrs. Rose Foster, deputation mis- 
sionary, is at present in California 
and available for services in that 
State. She may be contacted in care 
of the First Brethren Church, 1925 

E. 5th St., Long Beach 12, Calif. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Lingenjelter, 
members of the Leamersville, Pa., 
church, observed their 55th wedding 
anniversary December 24. They are 
the parents of 7 sons and 7 daugh- 
ters. Two of their sons are Brethren 
pastors — Homer at Everett, Pa., and 
Galen at Buena Vista, Va. 

The speaker at the Christmas 
prayer meeting December 24 at the 
Leamersville, Pa., church was Rev. 
William Burns. The pastor of this 
church is Rev. Robert Crees. 

Rev. Russell Hiimberd is sched- 
uled to speak at the Albany, Oreg., 
church, of which Rev. Glen Welborn 
is pastor, January 9, and at the Man- 
teca Brethren Church, Manteca, 
Calif., of which Rev. Wesley Piatt 
is pastor, January 18. These are in 
addition to the extended meetings 
listed in the Special Meetings chart. 



The Lo7ig Beach, Calif., First 
church, pastored by Dr. Charles 
Mayes, will again be host to one sec- 
tion of the Torrey Memorial Bible 
conference January 18-25. 

Rev. P. Fredrick Fogle and family 
now live at 86 Chemin de Vassieux, 
Caluire (Rhone), France. (Add to 
Annual, p. 74.) The Fogies are be- 
ginning a Brethren testimony in 
Lyon, France (see last week's Her- 
ald). 

Rev. Foster Tresise was a speaker 
at a Christian Endeavor winter con- 
ference at Frazier Mountain, Calif., 
January 1-3. He has moved to 1116 
Sentous St., Los Angeles 15, Calif. 
(Change Annual, p. 72.) 

The Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, church, 
pastored by Rev. Richard Burch, has 
secured an architect to draw plans 
for a complete remodeling of its 
present church building. The total 
cost of the work is not to exceed 
$25,000. 




At the Johnstown, Pa., First church 
approximately 1,100 persons attend- 
ed a special missionary program De- 
cember 9. Rev. Norman Uphouse, a 
former member of the church, spoke 
there December 21; Rev. Russell 
Ogden, son of the pastor, Rev. W. A. 
Ogden, spoke December 24; and Dr. 
Herman Hoyt spoke December 28. 

The Kittanning, Pa., church, pas- 
tored by Rev. Gordon Bracker, is 
giving certificates to those members 
who read through the Bible in 1952. 
The church is presenting a special 
gift toward the purchase of a brick- 
making machine for the Brethren 
mission field in Africa. Recent speak- 
ers at this church were Prof. John 
Dougherty, of Dayton, Tenn., and 
Ivan Ritzert and Glenn Schwenk, 
students in Grace Seminary. 

Dr. Charles Feinberg preached at 
the Long Beach, Calif., Second 
church, pastored by Rev. George 
Peek, December 21. 

The Ashland, Ohio, church will 
be host to an extension course of 
the Akron Bible Institute beginning 
January 12. Rev. Miles Taber, pas- 



tor of the church, is a trustee of the 
institute. 

The Fort Wayne, Ind., church, pas- 
tored by Rev. James Hammer, held 
a combined communion and watch- 
night service December 31, with Dr. 
Herman Hoyt as speaker. 

The Dayton, Ohio, First church, of 
which Rev. William Steffler is pas- 
tor, was host to the midwinter con- 
ference of the Lebonah League, De- 
cember 28-31, with Mr. Leon Sulli- 
van as the special speaker. 

Harry R. Hoover, a chiropractor at 
Waynesboro, Pa., died December 23 
at the age of 71 years. He had been 
a member of the Waynesboro church 
since 1915 and Sunday school super- 
intendent for 20 years. Rev. Dennis 
Holliday, his pastor, was in charge of 
funeral services December 26. 

Rev. Roland Cagle was the speaker 
at the Christmas Eve service at the 
Waynesboro, Pa., church, of which 
Rev. Dennis Holliday is pastor. 

The December number of the 
King's Business, official paper of the 
Bible Institute of Los Angeles, has a 
picture section featuring its writers 
and artists. Among them are 2 
Brethren — Dr. Homer Kent, of Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind., who has written 
"Pointers on the Lesson" for more 
than 10 years, and Miss Gladys Bow- 
man, of the Whittier, Calif., church, 
who has made the drawing for the 
''Object Lessons" for 8 years. 

Policy concerning News Briefs 
page. The purpose of this page is to 
present to the denomination, impar- 
tially, news of general and historical 
interest. Rumors have no place here. 
The items must be brief; longer re- 
ports appear on other pages, usually 
under the heading "News From the 
Churches." The use of films in a 
church ordinarily is not mentioned 
here. There is no effort made to 
give the travel schedules of the mis- 
sionaries and other servants of the 
Lord and the church as they travel 
among the churches, unless there 
may be a special reason for doing so. 
The staff at the Brethi-en Missionary 
Herald office cannot print news until 
it has been sent in from the churches. 
In giving news be sure to tell who, 
what, when, where, and how or why. 
Also, be sure the news is sent in 
from j'our church. 

Many of the churches gave sur- 
prise Christmas gifts to their pastors, 
but there were so many they cannot 
be reported here. 



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IS CHRISTIANITY SCIENTIFIC? 



By Rev. Arthur F. Collins, Berrien Springs, Mich. 



"If any man will do his will, he 
shall know of the doctrine, whether 
it be of God, or whether I speak of 
myself" (John 7:17). 

In the field of science we are often 
faced with the individual who does 
not believe the Bible. He claims that 
the Word of God is not scientific. 
Therefore, such a one usually scoffs 
at the Genesis story of man's origin 
in the Garden of Eden. He prefers 
to believe some ridiculous theory 
(which can never go back to the 
fu'st cause) which is far more diffi- 
cult to understand than the planned 
program of the Scriptures. The mind 
of the scientist, so-called, is usually 
so consumed with laws, theories, and 
experiments that it is just a bit fan- 
tastic to concede the supernatural. 
He is unwilling to let the case sim- 
ply rest on the explanation of faith. 
For faith to him cannot be processed 
through a test tube and the results 
recorded in some equation or for- 
mula. 

Principles Comprehended 

But even though the Bible is not a 
scientific textbook of theories and 
equations, the very principles recited 
for Christian behavior are certairdy 
comprehended on the basis of an un- 
derstanding of what science is. For 
science, they tell us, is knowledge 
classified. It is properly classified 
by the process of a threefold pro- 
gram involving (1) a basic presup- 
position or hypothesis, (2) the ex- 
periment to prove a further hypoth- 
esis, and (3) the result which always 
reflects a positive or negative reac- 
tion. On the basis of the reaction, 
we conclude that the findings are 
either fact or fancy. If it is fact, we 
usually classify the information by 
designing a definition or law. Should 
the result be fanciful, we simply 
charge off the experiment as useless 
and relegate the hypothesis to the 
"shelf" of theory untU occasion arises 
to start all over again through a 
different type of experiment. 

With the text in view, let us ask 
ourselves if we do not think in ex- 
actly this scientific manner about 
Christianity. We start with a pre- 
supposition, expand into experiment, 
then classify as to fact or fancy. 

Hypothesis or Presupposition 

The hypothesis in this case is the 
word "if" actually — "if any man wUl 



do his will, he shall know of the 
doctrine." Whose will? we might 
logically ask first of all. The answer 
is plain — God's will, of course. Then 
what is His will that it must be 
done? And we find across the pages 
of sacred Scriptures written that 
His will is that none should perish, 
and that all should come to repent- 




Rev. Arthur F. Collins 

ance. The doing, in this case, was 
done by Chi'ist, who has done every- 
thing that needed to be done. AU 
we have to do is to believe it. So 
the only thing left to be done is to 
take God at His word and take the 
step of faith in belief untU our minds 
and appetites are gravitating toward 
God. And that brings us to the 
second phase of our scientific Chris- 
tian principle, namely the experi- 
ment or experience. 

Experience and Experiment 

Believe! So easy, and yet so hard. 
Nicodemus stumbled at the thought 
of being born anew of Spirit, for he 
could not believe, at first, at least. 
The Philippian jailer cried out for 
explanation as to what he must do 
to be saved. Paul simply replied, 
"Believe . . ." Belief is not simply 
an experiment, it is an experience. 
And when the Holy Ghost of God 
steps into the human recess of a 
man's innermost being, it is a super- 
natural experience. But at the same 
time it is a logical experiment, for 
one can ask, "What do I have to 
lose?" Everything is to be gained 
by believing. So faith operates. The 
shades of sin are lifted, allowing the 
glorious light of the Gospel to shine 
in the heart. The redeeming grace 
of Christ is acknowledged and enter- 



tained in the heart so that old things 
do really pass away and all things 
actually become new. 

Hence the hypothesis, "If any man 
wLU do his wUl," is channeled 
through the supernatural experi- 
mentation, even though it is a nat- 
ural being who is the conductor for 
the process. That brings us to the 
final principle of our scientific think- 
ing, for this experiment surely does 
produce results. And the results are 
always positive, for no one can truly 
say he is "born again" except by the 
supernatural operation of the Holy 
Spirit on his heart and life. 

Human Test Tubes 

The life of Abraham is an excel- 
lent illustration of the principles we 
are endeavoring to declare. He was 
promised that his people would be 
great in number — as many as the 
stars of heaven or the sand of the 
sea. Abraham believed God and 
moved in the sphere of faith experi- 
mentally, which proved he believed 
the promise that was made to him. 
In due time we have evidence of the 
fulfillment of the promise through 
Abraham's faith. Consider the Apos- 
tle Paul in Acts 9 when the Damas- 
cus journey was interrupted by the 
marvelous work of the Holy Spirit. 
Saul heard Christ speak to his heart. 
He believed. He acted upon that 
belief, with the result that he turned 
the world upside down for the glory 
of Christ. 

Positive Results 

Finally, the latter portion of our 
text must be considered — "he shall 
know of the doctrine." This is the 
proof result of our experiment and 
experience. To know something is 
to have a reasonable knowledge con- 
cerning a particular thing. Theoret- 
ically we know nothing about any- 
thing unless we know all there is to 
be known about one particular thing. 
But that is in the realm of philos- 
ophy, and we are interested in ap- 
plied Christianity at the present. To 
know is to apprehend by the 5 
senses, then comprehend by the 
mind. To know the most is to have 
the most experience about a partic- 
ular thing. Let us illustrate. I know 
something about the Navy and so 
does my wife. However, I know the 
most about it because I went through 
the experience of being in the Navy. 



January 10, 1953 



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My mother knows how to cook and 
I know something about cooking. 
Mother knows the most about it, 
however, because she has had the 
greater experience. 

Therefore, to know something of a 
Christian character we must act up- 
on the principles prescribed in God's 
Word. The more we act, the more 
we know. This is what Peter speaks 
about when he writes, "But grow in 
grace, and in the knowledge of our 
Lord and Saviour Jesus Chi-ist" (II 
Pet. 3:18). Furthermore, Peter 
writes, "But sanctify the Lord God 
in your hearts: and be ready always 
to give an answer to every man that 
asketh you a reason of the hope that 
is in you with meekness and fear" 
(I Pet. 3:15). Telling others of your 
heart experience is an indication 
you've had one. Telling others of 
Jesus is a fairly good sign that you 
know Him. No one can gainsay a 
personal testimony on behalf of the 
Son of God, for it is the positive 
proof that something has happened 
in the life of the one so testifying. 
And this is the proof of our text, "If 
any man wUl do his will, he shall 
know . . ." 

Knowledge Classified 

Consequently, we have concluded 
that Christianity is very scientific, 
for we have taken the promises of 
God from His Word. We have ap- 
plied them to our lives, beginning at 
salvation and reaching beyond into 
growth in grace and development. 
Our experience has been that every 
promise is ti'ue. So we classify the 
knowledge obtained as truth and say 
to all who would heed, before it is 
everlastingly too late, "Believe on 
the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt 
be saved." 



PRAY FOR THESE SPECIAL MEETINGS 



DR. WILLIAM ORR RESIGNS 

Dr. William W. Orr, for the past 
8 years associated with the Bible 
Institute of Los Angeles, has re- 
signed. During these 8 years he has 
served as vice president and director 
of extension of the institute, director 
of radio, and associate editor of the 
King's Business. 

He came to the institute from a 
pastorate and is at the present time 
pastor of the Hope Union Church, 
Rosemead, Calif. 



Church Dates Pastor 

Sharpsville, Ind.. Dec. 28- Jan. 11. . Scott Weaver 

Sidney, Ind Dec. 28- Jan. 11. . Richard DeAmiey 

Fort Wayne, Ind. . Jan. 4-11 James Hammer. . . 

Chico, Calif Jan. 11-16 Ward Tressler. . . . 

Modesto, Calif. 

(La Loma) Jan. 12-18 Harold Painter. . . 

San Bernardino, 

Calif Jan. 20-Feb. 1. . . Lyle Marvin 



Speaker 
Joe Day. 
Ding Teuling. 
Herman Centz. 
Russell Humberd. 

Vincent Bennett. 

Russell Humberd. 



(NEWS 





CHURCHES 



Dayton, Ohio (Bethany) 

God gave us a great blessing in the 
13 days — December 9-21 — of special 
revival services at the Bethany 
Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, un- 
der the gospel preaching of Evan- 
gelist Ray Cutchin. 

During the campaign there were 
45 public decisions — 19 were to re- 
ceive the Saviour, 23 were rededica- 
tions, and 3 answered the call for 
full-time service for Christ. This 
was the best revival campaign yet 
held in the histoi-y of this church. — 
Doris Hapner, secretary. 

Sterling, Ohio 

We have had 9 decisions for Christ 
and of these 8 have already been 
received into membership. Our peo- 
ple are justifiably proud of their 
achievements for the past year rel- 
ative to the physical improvements 
within the church. 

The church voted to set the first 
Sunday in January as an endeavor 
to pay the balance of about S150 on 
church improvement, so that we may 
start 1953 off with a clean slate. This 
Sunday also was "Assistant Sunday" 
all over our Sunday school. 

Rev. Albert Flory, of Whittier, 
Calif., a former pastor here, preached 
the Sunday morning sermon re- 
cently. — Joseph L. Gingrich, pastor. 



TORREY CONFERENCE SCHEDULE 

The 18th annual Torrey Memorial 
Bible Conference is to be held, the 
Lord willing, at the Bible Institute 
of Los Angeles and 9 other places 
January 18-25. This conference was 
founded to honor Dr. Reuben A. 
Torrey, Bible teacher and early 
leader in the Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles. 

Among the speakers are Dr. Curtis 
Akenson, pastor, of Minneapolis, 
Minn.; Dr. Charles Ball, pastor, of 
River Forest, 111.; Dr. Sam Bradford, 
pastor, of Denver, Colo.; Dr. Jose 
Fernandez, Bible teacher, of Phila- 
delphia, Pa.; Dr. Leonard Lewis, Bi- 
ble teacher, of Boston, Mass; Rev. 
John Linton, evangelist, of Minneap- 
olis, Minn.; and Dr. Walter Wilson, 
Bible teacher, of Kansas City, Mo. 

In addition to the conference at 
Biola, simultaneous conferences, us- 
ing the same speakers in a circuit 
arrangement, will be held in Bur- 
bank, Fullerton, Glendale, Long 
Beach, Monrovia, Ontario, Pasadena, 
San Bernardino, and Van Nuys. 



Additions to Membership 

Phoenix, Ariz 4 

Waterloo, Iowa 9 

Waynesboro, Pa 2 

Yakima, Wash 1 

Baptisms Not Included in Additions 

Ashland, Ohio 2 

Public Confessions 

Canton, Ohio 1 

Fillmore, Calif 9 

Leamersville, Pa 1 

New Troy. Mich 2 

Sterlmg, Ohio 9 

Winchester, Va 2 



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Answers to Readers' 
Questions 

WHO IS INJURED BY SIN? 

Is it possible jor a person to sin 
against himself and against others, 
or is it theologically correct to say 
that sin can he committed against 
oneself, others, and then ultimately 
all sin is agairist God? 

There are some who teach that it 
is impossible to sin against oneself, 
and against others, and that sin is 
only against God. — C. H. L., Iowa. 

In the Bible, sin is described as 
something committed against at least 
3 different parties. First, the sinner 
may sin against himself — "wrongeth 
his own soul" (Prov. 8:36). Second, 
the sinner may sin against other 
people — "ye sin so against the breth- 
ren" (I Cor. 8:12). Third, the sin- 
ner may sin against God — "we have 
sirmed against the Lord" (Jer. 3:25). 
And so men have sometimes divided 
sins into 3 classes — personal, social, 
and religious. 

But it is a great mistake to sup- 
pose that these sins are absolutely 
separable from one another. For 
there is probably no kind of sin 
which does not somehow affect all 3 
parties, so that we cannot isolate any 
sin and say it affects only myself, or 
only others, or only God. Let us 
consider an extreme example: Sup- 
pose I entertain a sinful thought. It 
is locked up within my own mind. 
No other person even suspects it is 
there. But such an evil thought is 
certain to make me as a person more 
evil than I was befoi-e. And since 
no man can live wholly unto himself, 
my evil thought becomes a sin 
against other men with whom I must 
live. Thus a personal sin becomes 
inevitably a social sin sooner or later. 

But let us carry the matter still 
further: Whenever I do evil against 
myself and others, my sin becomes 
ultimately a sin against God for the 
simple reason that all men are His 
by creation. He is the God of all 
men, and therefore any injury done 
to men is to injure God Himself. 
This is undoubtedly what David had 
in mind when, after the terrible in- 
jury he had done to Bathsheba and 
her husband Uriah, he made his con- 
fession, "Against thee, thee only, 
have I sinned, and done this evil in 
thy sight" (Psa. 51:4). 

All sin, therefore, is ultimately re- 
ligious or theological in character. 



Blessed Names of Our Lord 



— ^^— ^— By Rev. Charles Ashman, Rittman, Ohio =^^^^s= 

II. THE PRINCE OF PEACE. 

Probably the greatest cry of the world today is for peace! People want 
peace, yet they refuse to worship the peacegiver. There are at least 4 titles 
applied to Chi-ist which speak of Him as the giver of peace. 

In Genesis 49:10 the word "Shiloh" appears. Many have taken this as 
a name of the Lord, and it means "peace" or "peacemaker." The "peace 
offering" of Leviticus 3:1-5 is often considered as a picture of part of the 
salvatory work of the Lord, who made Himself our very peace offering, mak- 
ing it possible through His sacrifice for us to have peace with God. Paul 
in Ephesians 2:14 says that Christ is "our peace." Isaiah 9:6 prophesies that 
when He comes He will come as "The Prince of Peace." 

The Lord according to His own words came to bring peace. He declared 
when He left, "Beace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. . . . Let not 
your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27). What gift 
from God could be of greater value? What more could man ask for — peace 
of heart, mind, soul? The gift of God in His Son, the Prince of Peace, is that 
satisfying, trouble-vanishing, sorrow-quelling, comforting peace which 
comes with salvation and simple trust. And what a joy to know that this 
Prince of Peace is as well "our peace." 

Again, what more glorious hope is there than that found in the promise 
that He will come again as the One who will establish world peace, so that 
men will study war no more. 

Friend, if you need peace today, one sure way to find it is to trust com- 
pletely in the Prince of Peace. 

Peace — the desire of each human heart. 

For sorrow, for pain, and when teardrops start, 

Peace — for the world, war-torn and sore. 

For leader and subject, rich and the poor. 

But peace in the heart is only known 

When the Prince of Peace is placed on His throne. 

To Him we must yield and surrender our all, 

If we expect peace and His blessings to fall. 



There is no such thing as a sin which 
is wholly "personal" or "social" and 
nothing more. It is this realization 
that all sin, whatever its nature, is 
against God, that makes the smallest 
sin infinite in its awful demerit. — 
Alva J. McClain. 



GRAHAM REPORTS FROM KOREA 

Dr. Billy Graham visited Korea 
during the last part of 1952. He 
preached to the Koreans and to the 
United Nations troops. In a Christ- 
mas letter home he wrote: 

"The temperature has been below 
zero for the last several days here in 
Korea, but I have never met such 
warm-hearted and radiant Chris- 
tians anywhere in the world. Few 
people of modern times have suf- 
fered and sacrificed like these peo- 
ple. I have met a pastor who was 1 
of 8 who survived entombment in a 
cave where 300 Christians were exe- 
cuted. ... I have met 77 women who 



are widows of martyred Christian 
pastors. ... I have seen a seminary 
where young men sat huddled on the 
icy floor studying the Bible in order 
to take the place of 500 pastors who 
were martyred for Christ in the last 
2 years. There is much suffering and 
yet so much triumph. . . . The Chris- 
tian Church is strong — spiritual — in 
the midst of continual revival. Their 
devotion to Christ puts us to shame. 
... I am becoming convinced that 
the church is only at its best when 
it suffers and sacrifices the most." 



YFC RALLIES IN TORONTO 

Fifty Youth for Christ leaders plan 
to converge on Toronto, Canada, and 
many of the surrounding cities and 
towns January 17-26 for a series of 
combined World Vision rallies and 
council sessions. 

The main speaker for the 10 eve- 
ning rallies is to be Dr. Robert Cook, 
president of YFC. 



January 10, 1953 



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MARTINSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, CHURCH IS GROWING 



By Mrs. Ida Baker, Member of the Church 



This is the first of a series of his- 
torical sketches of some of our older 
churches that will be printed in the 
Herald from, time to time. We urge 
our older churches to appoint som.e- 
one in each congregation to write a 
historical sketch of the local church 
and send it to us as soon as possible. 
Also, we are very anxious to collect 
all available historical material. If 
you have any items of interest and 
value, contact the editor concerning 
them. Historical material is needed 
by our students. — Editor. 



It has been a long road from the 
time when Bro. W. L. Spanogle was 
disowned from the Old Order of 
Tunkers for his progressive ideas. In 
order to tell you of our church's be- 
ginning we must go back to Decem- 
ber 30, 1882, when Brother Spanogle 
invaded the sacred precincts of the 
old stronghold of Pennsylvania 
Tunkerism and preached his first 
Progressive sermon in Blair County. 
This took place in the Fairview Ger- 
man Baptist Church on Clovercreek, 
3 miles from Williamsburg. 

Immediately following this first in- 
troduction of Progressive Brethren- 
ism, he conducted a series of meet- 
ings at Snider's Cross Road Church 
(in the vicinity of what is now 
Feather's Cross Road Service Sta- 
tion) and there gained quite a few 
converts. 

Because of the friction between 
the Old and New Order, permission 
for the use of a stream to baptize his 
new converts was refused by a good 
deacon of the Old Order, but Bro. 
Joseph Bassler, a River Brethren 
minister near Woodbury, tendered 
the courtesies of his house and near- 
by stream where the first baptism 
was ministered under Brethren re- 
gime January 14, 1883. 

Thus did this Cross Road Church 
organize with 45 members, with 
Brother Spanogle as pastor. A few 
months later Rev. Spanogle moved 
to Martinsburg, but continued to 
serve as pastor both there and at 
Fredricksburg. 

The Fredricksburg congregation 
proposed buUding in Martinsburg, 
but this was dropped because of in- 
sufficient funds, whereupon they 
purchased their place of worship, a 
former union house, in Fredricks- 



burg, and it was dedicated in 1886 
with between 30 and 40 members. 

In June of 1886 the following rec- 
ord of expenses was recorded in this 
Fredricksburg charge: 1 qt. of wine 
(for communion), $.80; 20 lbs. beef, 
$1.80; corn for horse feed, $.85; coal 
during the winter, $1.50; and jan- 
itor's fees, $2.25— this brought the 
expenses to total $8.35; with $8.45 in 
the treasury they had a balance of 
$.10. 

It is interesting to note that even 
at this early date there was record 
of controversy over what the pastor 
should have. 

Then in 1892 the church, now 
called the Martinsburg organization, 
was fully organized with 30 mem- 
bers, of whom Mrs. Eva Klepser 
Billing is the only charter member 
stUl living. 

The building at Fredricksburg was 
then raised in 1901 and moved to its 
present location here in Martinsburg. 
Of the exact membership which 
came to Martinsburg there is no 
record. 

Two years later the congregation 
decided to build a parsonage, the 
cost not to exceed $600. Within sev- 
eral months the parsonage was com- 
pleted, making the present parson- 
age 49 years old. 

In its early years our church here 
was 1 of 2 and for some years 3 on 
a circuit served by the same pastor. 
In 1927, under the leadership of 
Rev. J. S. Cook, continued growth 
prompted the building of an annex 
on the east side of the building. The 
balcony and nursery were added 
above and space for classrooms un- 
derneath. 

In 1946 another splendid addition 
and testimony to our church was the 
"Jesus Saves" lighted cross on top 
of the church, a gift from Brother 
and Sister Lloyd Minnick in mem- 
ory of their only daughter. 

Because of rapid growth in the 
congregation the church basement 
was recently remodeled, whereby 
more classrooms were provided and 
a new heating system installed. At 




this time the auditorium was newly 
decorated and a new carpet placed 
on the floor. This was completed 
during the ministry of Rev. Warren 
Tamkin. 

The following pastors have served 
the church since its beginning: W. L. 
Spanogle, S. B. Fury, J. W. Smouce, 
J. F. Koonts, Eugene Smith, J. R. 
Keller, J. E. Ray, Earl Deitrick, P. J. 
Jennings, H. E. Eppley, J. I. Hall, 
James S. Cook, R. I. Humberd, Stan- 
ley Hauser, Robert E. A. Miller, 
Warren F. Tamkin. For the last 
16 months the church has gone ahead 
under the ministry of our present 
capable pastor and wife — Rev. and 
Mrs. Gerald Teeter. 

Our church conducted its first 
daily vacation Bible school this past 
year, with an enrollment of 113 pu- 
pils, and with Rev. Teeter as dean 
of the school. 

Our total church membership is 
199 members. The number of names 
on the Sunday school roll is 203 at 
present; this represents an increase 
of 49 in the last year. On October 5, 
1952 — Rally Day — a new record for 
Sunday school attendance was made, 
251. 

We have an active junior and sen- 
ior Women's Missionai^y Council and 
also a junior and senior Sisterhood 
of Mary and Martha. Then, too, we 
have the Brethren Youth Fellowship 
and the Brethren Boys Club. 

Along with all this we would rec- 
ognize that we have a mission- 
minded membership. In the past 5 
years over $12,000 has been given 
through this church for home and 
foreign missionary endeavors. A 
praying church is a growing and 
going church. We have had a de- 
cided increase in attendance in 
prayer meetings under our present 
pastor, for which we praise the Lord. 

The adopted missionaries of the 
church are Rev. and Mrs. Charles 
Sumey. in Africa. We partially sup- 
port a missionary to the Jews, Miss 
Madeline Smith, working with the 
Chicago Hebrew Mission. Miss Smith 
is a native of Martinsburg and a 
member of this church. 

We gratefully acknowledge that 
God has prospered and added to the 
material and spiritual growth of our 
church through capable and dedi- 
cated leadership and the help and 
prayers of its members. 



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NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN LAYMEN 



Jesse B. Deloe, Editor 



"WHADDA YA KNOW?"— A MEDITATION ON WITNESSING 

I have just recently completed, in connection with my duties at the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Company, the typesetting for the Brethren 
Sunday school literature for this quarter. The study for the period is based 
on the Book of Job, and I have been reminded again of a passage in the book 
that I have used often in witnessing and in giving forth the Word. 

That passage of Scripture is found 
in the 19th chapter, verses 25 to 27. 
I want to share with you a few 
thoughts concerning the phrase, "I 
know that my redeemer liveth," 
found at the very beginning of this 
Scripture portion. 

Very often, in fact every day, 
someone asks you, "How are you?" 
"How do you do?" "Howdy?" and 
various foiTns of inquiry regarding 
your health. And, if you are like 
most people I know, you are imme- 
diately tempted to tell them how 
you really feel. 

However, most of us feel that in 
a casual greeting like one of those 
mentioned above, there is only im- 
plied a word of recognition, rather 
than an honest inquii-y as to the 
status of one's health. Be that as it 
may, there is one greeting that we 
hear often and one that I think is a 
wonderful one to be grasped by the 
soul-winner as an opportunity to tell 
of Jesus and what He means to him. 

Most people who know me and 
who have greeted me with a casual, 
"Whadda ya know?" have been an- 
swered in Job's words: "I know that 
my redeemer liveth," and I have 
taken the opportunity to go on from 
there to an explanation of the Re- 
deemer — who He is, why He is what 
He is, the reason for his lowly birth. 
His earthly life, and His cruel death. 

In the words of the old hymn — ■ 



Questions on Personal Evangelism 

The person I atn dealing with 
says: "I have tried it and failed." 
How shall I proceed in trying to 
win him? 

No doubt this person has tried 
a thing, or principle, or a system, 
or a set of rules. His attention 
must be fixed upon the person of 
Christ. Christianity is a life, and 
that life is Christ (Col. 3:4; I John 
5:12). Christ never fails any- 
where, and when He comes into 
the heart to abide. He will not fail 
there. Christ is not to be had on 
trial. The sinner must "take 
Christ," not "try Chi-ist." Man is 
always a failure, and the only 
thing he can do is to give up try- 
ing and struggling, and trust and 
rest in the finished work of Jesus 
Christ. (Jer. 10:23; 29:13; Rom. 
4:4-5; 7:18; Phil. 3:3.) 

Take this person back over the 
plan of salvation and find out if 
there has been a right start. 

(Quoted from personal evangelism course 
of the Washington Bible Institute) 



"I know that my Redeemer liveth. 
And on the earth again shall stand ; 

I know eternal life He giveth. 
That grace and pow'r are in His 
hand. 

I know my mansion He prepareth. 
That where He is there I may be; 

O wondrous tho't, for me He careth, 
And He at last will come for me." 

We are not told to give a theolog- 
ical lecture on the attributes of God 
nor the personality of Jesus Christ, 
nor the merits of the various ver- 
sions of the Bible, important as these 



things are, but we are called to wit- 
ness to the world of lost men that 
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, 
and that believing in Him warrants 
eternal life for the one exercising 
that faith. 

So, when someone comes up to you 
and in a casual manner asks you, 
"Whadda ya know?" be honest and 
tell him what you do know. 

"I know that my redeemer liveth." 



At Whittier, Calif., the men of the 
First Brethren Church held their 
Brotherhood meeting on December 
9. Speaker for the occasion was Dr. 
Jauncey, teacher at the California 
Baptist Theological Seminary. Tes- 
timonies and music were also part of 
the program which followed a ham 
dinner. 



SOUTHEAST FELLOWSHIP AND 
ROANOKE, VA., MEN ARE BUSY 

Bro. W. V. Findley, of the Roanoke 
Ghent church, writes in part: "The 
local fellowship at Ghent and the 
S. E. Fellowship of Laymen do not 
want to take all the space, but you 
ask us for reports, so will send in 
something. . . . Locally, at our an- 
nual election W. C. Fisher was elect- 
ed president; W. K. Jefferson, vice 
president; and I was elected secre- 
tary-treasurer. . . . Our local men 
continue to hold regular services at 
the City Rescue Mission, City Alms 
House, and other places as opportu- 
nity presents. We sent $5 of our of- 
fering to the United Evangelistic 
Crusade. . . . 

"The Southeast Fellowship has 
quite a bit of activity, holding regular 
services in reopened churches, prison 
camps, jails, sanitoriums, in homes of 
aged or indifferent members of our 
churches, and the Boones Chapel 
Brethren are holding regular prayer 
meetings in the Garden City section 
of Roanoke, looking forward hope- 
fully to the establishment of a 
Brethren church there. . . . 

"The men of our district reported 
53 decisions for Christ as a result of 
our taking the Gospel to those who 
would not go to a church to hear it. 
An offering of $50 was voted to go 
to the United Evangelistic Crusade. 
Bro. J. S. Taylor, of Buena Vista, is 
our district president. 



Rev. William E. Howard, pastor of 
the Clearbrook church, Roanoke, 
Va., was the speaker at the Men's 
Gospel Fellowship meeting of the 
Roanoke Ghent church on December 
12. The group met at the home of 
Bro. Mason Cooper. 



The Men's Fellowship of the Los 
Angeles First church held a dinner 
on December 11 at which Dr. Paul 
Bauman, vice president of Grace 
Seminary, spoke and showed pic- 
tures taken on his travels. 



Merv Resell and the American 
Crusade Chorus brought the entire 
program at the Brotherhood Banquet 
December 19 at the First church, 
Long Beach, Calif. 



January 10, 1953 



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LOVEST 
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JOHN 21: iy-17 



LOVE'S DEBT 



By Rev. C. S. Zimmerman, Dayton, Ohio 



The greatest Lover in all the universe is God. The 
Scriptures are abundant in their testimony as to this. 
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only be- 
gotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not 
perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). "But God 
commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were 
yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8). "Herein is 
love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and 
sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins" (I John 
4:10). Combined with this testimony of the Scriptures 
is that personal testimony of all the saints throughout all 
the ages of the love of God that has been bestowed upon 
them. 

God is most unusual in that He has not left us a dic- 
tionary of cold abstract terms with which to define Him- 
self, His attributes, His characteristics, but He has left 
us a Book of living illustrations to give this information 
to us. But how can we summarize all these illustrations 
of His precious love? Dr. J. E. Conant has set it forth 
very simply: "Love is that deliberate and fixed attitude 
of the whole being which puts the best interests of the 
one we love above our own, no matter at what cost to 
ourselves." Now reread all that has been said before in 
light of this definition, and you will see the overflowing 
love of God bestowed upon us poor hell-deserving sin- 
ners, the objects of His love, at the tremendous cost, the 
life of His only begotten Son. Reflect upon the horrible 
pit from which you have been digged! 

In normal life we think it a most atrocious thing if one 
upon whom the most tender love has been bestowed 
shows no appreciation or gratitude, or does not in some 
measure return the love received. Is it not true then 
that we, upon whom a loving God has bestowed such 
love, ought also to show such love unto Him? There is 
a very vivid illustration of such an attitude of heart in 
II Samuel 7, where God, through the prophet, makes 
known unto David how He intends to make his house a 
perpetual one in that the great Messiah and King of 
Israel is to come from David's house. When this was 
known and understood by David, the fji'st thing we find 
him doing is going up to the house of God and seating 
himself there before God, pouring out his heart's love 
and joy for the bestowal of such a gift. Here David's 
heart was occupied fully with the object of his heart. 



DEVOTIONAL STUDIES FOR FEBRUARY 



Bible Study- 
Mission Study — ' 



-"The Persistent Question." 
Jewish Religion and Customs." 



His soul welled up within him, reaching out to God in 
holy praise and adoration. This is gratitude. This is 
worship. This is love returned. 

Now the test of our love to God is a very simple, yet 
profound one. Jesus said to His disciples, and through 
them to us, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" 
(John 14:15). The same God who will not suffer us to 
be tempted above that which we are able, will not lay 
upon us anything that we are not able to perform. His 
requirements are simple, but must be completely met. 

Love's obedience wUl reflect itself in several ways. 
Remember, our love is an attitude of our whole being 
which wUl put the interests of the God we love above 
our own, regardless of the cost to ourselves. Let us look 
at the course our love to Him will take. 

First, our love wUl recognize the tremendous debt we 
are under. This is expressed by the Apostle Paul, "I am 
debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both 
to the wise, and to the unwise" (Rom. 1:14). Paul is 
telling us that because he is the object of God's love he 
should be the channel through which this love can flow 
to the whole world, and that it is his obligation so to be. 

Secondly, our love will be governed by the constrain- 
ing power of God. "For the love of God constraineth us" 
(II Cor. 5:14). This is expressed in another fashion by 
the Psalmist, "Thou hast beset me behind and before, 
and laid thine hand upon me" (Psa. 139:5). This is ex- 
plained thusly, that God is putting pressure upon us 
from all sides in order to move us in a given direction. 
Of course this direction is according to His will and good 
pleasure. Our response? Just yielding ourselves to the 
pressure of love and be moved in the paths of right- 
eousness for His sake and our blessing. 

Thirdly, we are to tarry. This is one of the stops of 
our Lord when His loving pressure is equalized on all 
sides. "And, behold, I send the promise of my Father 
upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye 
be endued with power from on high" (Luke 24:49). 
Here we, in grateful love, will receive the Power by 
whom we will be able to keep the commandments of 
God, and to tender whatever service is laid upon us to 
do. To love God properly demands power. We have 
none of our own, but God is willing to provide this 
Power so that we can love Him as we ought. What in- 
finite grace this is! What an all-out bestowal of love! 
With the bestowal of such Power, what manner of love, 
what measure of love, how abandoned our love unto Him 
should be! 

Fourthly, recognizing our debt to the world of lost 
men, yielding to the restraining love of Christ, and wait- 
ing and receiving the Power from on high, we should go 



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forth in loving service. God "hath given to us the min- 
istry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, 
reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their 
trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the 
word of reconciliation" (II Cor. 5:18-19). Here, then, as 
ambassadors for Christ, is the service our love for God 
wUl compel us to render. We shall be overpowered by 
His love. Our love for Him will be ever increasing. 
Our desh-e for others to share His matchless love will 
send us out into the highways and the hedges, seeking 
the lost, telling of His love for them. Our deliberate 
and fixed attitude will be to put God's interests, will, 
desires, above our own, counting the cost as nothing 
compared with the eternal rewards and blessings that 
shall be ours at His coming. 



GIVE TO GRACE SEMINARY— December, January, February. 




By Althea S. Miller 
FAITH IN THE FUTURE? 

When men stand at the threshold of the unknown they 
tremble either for fear or in anticipation. And though 
the past may project its shadow into the unknown one 
can be sure that the pattern wUl never be cut over the 
same lines. Your days thus far in 1953 have not been an 
exact duplication of the same period of time in 1952. And 
yet the general pattern is familiar. In not too many days 
you will be turning the first page of this year's record. 
Have you stopped to take stock of your record? 

A well-known insurance company advises: "The fu- 
ture belongs to those who prepare for it." How right 
this motto is the company will never know. The tragedy 
of such advice is that it is meant for this life only. "Have 
faith in the future; invest for life with us." Yet the very 
best they can offer is just a little security in the sunset 
years for heavy investment now. And when that future 
in which we've had so much faith comes to an abrupt 
end for us and we are called beyond this vale, we leave 
everything behind. No bauble from this life nor pro- 
found philosophy of men will ever find a place in eter- 
nity. Have you ever said you have faith in the future? 
What do you mean by those words? If you don't belong 
to Christ you have no future worthy of faith. You can't 
have faith in an intangible uncertainty like the future. 
In what, in whom do you have faith? Apart from Christ 
there is no future toward which to look or for which to 
long and set your sights. 

Eternity "future belongs to those who prepare for it," 
however. It is not a preparation such as the world 
knows. The world tries to brace itself against shock and 
cover its head from mortal blows. Faith in the future 
starts with faith in the Saviour of all men who will 
accept His grace. "Faith (in Christ) brings the fulness 
of the future into the poverty of the present." Faith in 
God s Son as one's personal Saviour brings relaxation 



MAKING CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE WORK 

Have you ever wondered if other Christian wives and 
husbands have any of the problems which confront you 
in the experience of living together? Wonder no more, 
because they DO definitely have experiences similar to 
yours. The writer is convinced that for too long Chris- 
tians have glossed over the fact that Christian marriages 
have just as rocky a road to travel as the non-Christian. 
The hopeful difference in the two, however, is the pro- 
fessing Christian has the answer to his and her problem 
in Christ. Being Christians and marrying in the Lord 
does not eliminate the personality and mental clashes 
and differences which are inevitable where two people 
have any "thinking apparatus" of their own. 

Marriage counselors are found a "dime a dozen," but 
what they advise and concoct out of the thinking of 
natural man evidently does not work, as is witnessed by 
the ever-increasing divorce rate. This individual does 
not profess to know all the answers, but she is sure God 
knows the answers and will give them to His inquiring 
and trusting children. So many questions have arisen in 
the process of dealing with people down through the 
years we feel impelled to share the experiences with 
others in like need. 

Are there answers to these questions? Is Christian 
marriage a rivalry or partnership? Will love between a 
Christian husband and wife last? How does one go 
about making time a servant in the home rather than 
having the family its slave? What part shall Christian 
parents play in the selection of their children's marriage 
partners? What should I teach my children to look for 
in the boy or girl they marry? God has the answers to 
these and other questions, which an open, honest dis- 
cussion will prove. So many requests have come to the 
editor for just such helps that she has agreed after much 
prayer to lead out in this discussion. Pray for her and 
let her hear from you. Look for the first discussion in 
February's WMC Herald. 



and freedom from anxiety as far as eternity future is 
concerned. Even time's future holds no horrible tense 
anxiety to the child of God. Our future for time and 
eternity is in His hands. 

We are well over the threshold of the year 1953. The 
unknown does not terrify us who belong to God through 
Jesus Christ. We tremble with happy anticipation, hold- 
ing our heads high as we listen for that trumpet sound. 
Tomorrow may not resemble today at all because there 
may be no tomorrow for the saints. Perhaps we'll hear 
that trumpet call tonight. 

O Hope of all the ages. 

Desire of hearts Thine own, 
We long to hear that trumpet call 

And gather 'round Thy throne. 

Faith in the future? Ah no, beloved. Your faith is in 
the God, your God, who holds the future in His hands. 

Then do not fear nor be dismayed, 

God will not fail or rest 
'Til in His presence safe, secure, 

His child is ever blest. 



GIVE TO GRACE SEMINARY — December, January, February. 



January 10, 1953 



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Some Important- Facts About the New Version of the Bible 

By Rev. Robert E. A. Miller, Pastor, Ghent Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 



The newest version of the Holy Bible, called "Revised 
Standard Version," is a product of the National Council 
of Churches of Christ in the U. S. A. (formerly known 
as the Federal Council). To many thousands of true 
evangelical Christians this alone is fact enough to dis- 
credit the version and to mark it as untrustworthy. 

Furthermore, it is a version which bears the unqual- 
ified endorsement and recommendation of outstanding 
liberal preachers (modernists) such as Fosdick, Peale, 
Buttrick, and practically all the known-to-be apostate 
professors in the equally apostate seminaries throughout 
the U. S. A. For many thousands of Bible-believing 
Christians this is fact sufficient to prevent acceptance of 
the widely hailed new Bible. 

To further show this version to be of doubtful back- 
ing, let me quote from Ernest Gordon (Sunday School 
Times, October 11, 1952) concerning the advertising pro- 
gram: "In Advertising and Marketing News of the New 
York Times, we are told that the initial investment for 
advertising it will be $500,000. To lead the advertising 
campaign, Thomas Nelson and Sons (the official pub- 
lishers appointed by the National Council) have hired 
Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborn, big brewery ad- 
vertisers, whose kingpin is Mr. Bruce Barton, author of 
'The Book Nobody Knows.' He's going to make it 
'known' now in a dubious translation. The plan is 'to 
reach . . . into almost every community in the country; 
to use bulletin boards, ministers' sermons and social 
gatherings. ... It looks as though the initial printing of 
925,000 will be sold before the end of the year.' It re- 
calls the promotion of the earlier ill-fated Inter-Church 
World Movement, and one wonders if the same financial 
good angel (Rockefeller) is not backing it also." 

Here are some reasons in brief statement to prove that 
this version should not be accepted by Christians to 




The BIRTHDAY offering each council is taking to be 
used for the support of a WMC missionary? If YOUR 
council has not done anything about this yet. will you 
remind your local officers at their next meeting? If you 
have missed any of the members' birthdays before this, 
get after them and from now on remind your members 
of this all-important offering. By next August at con- 
ference we are praying we'll be ready as a national or- 
ganization of women to support our own foreign mis- 
sionary. After all, we are a MISSIONARY organization! 

How are you coming on your Missionary Hope Chest? 
Watch next month's WMC Herald for a suggested list 
of what to place in this chest. 



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replace the time-tested, true-to-the-original-manu- 
scripts King James Version. 

1. The teaching of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ is 
definitely attacked in the translation of Isaiah 7:14, 
where "a young woman" has now replaced "a virgin." 
The version catches up on itself but is grossly confusing 
when we still read the word "virgin" in the New Testa- 
ment quotation of Isaiah 7:14 found in Matthew 1:23. It 
is a commonly known fact that practically all the men 
on the revision boards are men who belong to the mod- 
ernist school of liberal theologians who deny the verac- 
ity of the virgin birth of Christ. 

2. There is no distinction made in the new version 
between the actual translation of the Hebrew and Greek 
words and the words added by the translators to make 
for smoother reading in the English. In the King James 
Version this is faithfully carried out by the use of italics 
for the added words, thus preserving the actual text of 
the Bible clearly. 

3. The new version is not the xohole Bible. Two 
large portions in the New Testament are deleted from 
the body of the text and placed in small-print footnotes 
along with other notations. The most tragic of these is 
John 8:1-11. Dr. Ernest Gordon (Sunday School Times, 
Sept. 27, 1952) says in an article entitled, "Making a 
Footnote of Inspired Scripture": "This is a serious af- 
front to the doctrine of the inspiration of Scripture, and 
other passages might be treated in the same arbitrary 
way, as the last twelve verses in the Gospel of Mark. . . . 
Its removal (of John 8:1-11) by the Revised Standard 
Version is in itself enough to deny that version the right 
of circulation by the American Bible Society." 

As noted above by Dr. Gordon, Mark 16:9-20 is the 
other portion deleted from the text of the New Testa- 
ment. The abundance of scholarship has kept this por- 
tion in the text for over 1,600 years. No new evidence 
has been found to show these portions should be left out. 

4. Important words have been left out. John 3:16 is 
close to the heart of every believer. You will no longer 
find in the verse the vital word "begotten." The omis- 
sion of this word has tremendous implications. The 
word "begotten" in the King James Version signifies that 
there is in the original word the idea of "uniqueness — 
no other of its kind." This means that Jesus Christ is 
the only begotten Son of God in the sense that He is God 
and God's Son differing from all other sons of men. 
Again we see that the theological prejudice against the 
deity of Christ among the liberal men on the revision 
board is in strong evidence. This doctrinal prejudice is 
in evidence, too, when one notes that the use of the pro- 
noun "you" is employed when Christ is referred to, but 
when God in heaven is referred to the te.xt uses "Thou" 
and "Thee." 

These are just a few of the many facts to show that the 
new version is not to take the place of the time-proved 
accuracy of the King James Version regardless of claims. 

(Would a few copies of this article be of any help to 
you? Write to the WMC editor and request the number 
you need. Be sure to give your address.) 

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Africa — 

Mrs. S. Wayne Beaver March 2 

Verna Marie Dunning March 10, 1945 

Barbara Jean Miller March 18, 1951 

Mrs. Chauncey Sheldon March 21 

Argentina — 
Kenneth Paul Churchill March 5, 1947 

France — 

Beckie Maurita Fogle March 17, 1948 

Miss Gail Jones March 31 

Baja California — 
John Leroy Howard March 20, 1946 

On Furlough — 
Mr. Albert Balzer March 1 

(c/o Henry C. Kersting, 8415 Fenwick St., Sunland, 
Calif.) 
Mrs. Hill Maconaghy March 21 

(2121 Chew Ave., Philadelphia 38, Pa.) 
Paul Marvin Goodman March 25 

(1811 Baseline Rd., La Verne, Calif.) 




La Loma Grace Brethren Church, Modesto, Calif., 
sends the following interesting repoi't: "WMC Birthday 
Dinner Counted Sweeping Success. Over 50 women and 
girls enjoyed the WMC annual birthday dinner last Fri- 
day night (December 5). Mrs. Rose Foster was the 
guest speaker. Tables were decorated in a very striking 
and beautiful manner, the motif being the seasons of the 
year. Each lady was seated according to the time of her 
birthday. The SMM girls, with pretty green-and-white 
aprons, served the dinner of chicken, etc., topped off with 
pumpkin pie." 

BRAVO, La Loma! May some other councils go and 
do likewise and then report the good news to your news- 
hungry editor! — Ed. 

Mrs. Kenneth Ashman, WMC's new and most capable 
president, sent a few suggestions to your editor regard- 
ing the daily Bible reading of each WMC member. She 
suggests reading the Psalms from 1 to 30 in the month 
of January. In February read Psalms 30 to 60. This is 
extra reading, if you have not already read the sug- 
gested reading given in September's WMC Herald: Gos- 
pel of John; I, II, and III John; I and II Peter; I and II 
Corinthians. 



NORTHERN OHIO DISTRICT 

We bring greetings from the Northern Ohio District 
WMC, and with the Psalmist of old we say, "Oh sing 
unto the Lord a new song for He hath done marvelous 
things." 

Truly we have had a blessed year as a district and 
this, we feel, is largely the result of the hour of prayer 
spent at the opening of each rally before the noon fel- 
lowship. Interest was high and increasingly so through- 
out the year. This was evidenced in part by the attend- 
ance, the average being 149 — the highest being 177 
women present. Each council of the district participated 
in the program of one of the rallies during the year. 
Both the district and national offerings from our coun- 
cils were very commendable. We gained one new coun- 
cil at Findlay, Ohio, making a total of 22 councils in our 
district. Rallies for the year were as follows: 

Fall — At Canton, Ohio; project: home mission, Navaho 
school beds; offering, $115.09. 

Winter — At Ashland, Ohio; project: Jewish work, Los 
Angeles; offering, $155.38. 

Spring — At Wooster, Ohio; project: foreign mission, 
record player, Baja California; offei-ing, $117.41. 

Summer — At Ellet, Ohio; project: equip African baby 
dispensary; offering, $142.21; special love offering for 
Schrocks for record player, $75; personal love gifts, $125. 

Grand total of offerings, $730.09. 

We do feel grateful unto the Lord for manifesting Him- 
self in the work by the wonderful cooperation from the 
ladies in being gracious hostesses, responding with re- 
ports, willingness to work, the many fine projects being 
carried on by the local councils; also the efficient work 
of the various committees and officers. It was sweet 
indeed to join efforts for the Lord with such a splendid 
group of women. 

Our projects for 1952-53 are as follows: Home mission 
— mimeograph machine for Findlay, Ohio, church; Jew- 
ish — printing of Mediator for work in Los Angeles; for- 
eign mission — offering to Fogies for work in France; 
July rally — gift to foreign missionary residence for mis- 
cellaneous furnishings. 

We offer praise unto our Lord for His goodness to us, 
but pray for more interest in prayer, personal work, and 
study of His Word that He may know we are daily striv- 
ing to "occupy until He comes," and that He may also 
know we "love Him." — Mrs. Kenneth Ashman, president. 



WITH GOD 
By Althea S. Miller 

I talked with God in the cool of the day 
Ere stress of the hours had begun, 

He whispered of love though there be storm. 
And I knew then that vict'ry was won. 

I walked with God the whole day through. 
Feeling His presence in each hour; 

Strengthened by Christ His work to do. 
Rejoicing in triumph by His power. 

I heard His voice when day was done, 
Speaking in cadence sweet and clear; 

"Each day you come I'll always give 

Strength for thy need, unmeasured, dear." 



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GREETINGS FROM UNDER THE PARSONAGE ROOF 
CHRISTMAS 1952 

(Belated Greetings From Your WMC Editor) 

Baby Ardyth says: "My fii'st Christmas ... to smile 
and Ah-h-h." 

"I love you people and here is my greeting, I hope you 
have a swell Christmas. I know we'll have a good time 
with all our kids. Love, Paul Kent (5 yrs.)." 

"You've been very good to us the years that we've been 

here, 
So have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 
Love, David Scott (6th gr.)." 
"Merry, merry Christmas folks . . . You know I'm kind 
of quiet, so here's just a line from me. Dorotheann 
(4th gr.)." 

Our little 3-yr.-old Althea chirps: "Merry Christmas, 
to you and you and you and ... to the preacher. This 
is my piece I said on the plat." 

"You are very nice to us. We hope you have a nice 
Christmas. I'm in fii-st grade. Love, Sharon." 

"The many years we have been here, 
Have all been filled with love and cheer. 
So I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, 

Bill Miller (Jr. Hi.)." 

"Greetings at this Christmas time to all our dear 
friends. May the Lord bless and keep you during the 
new year. Love in our Saviour's name. Bob, Jr." 

"After the deluge of greetings from eight young Mil- 
lers perhaps you haven't much eyesight left to notice 
Mother's message. But here goes . . . After daily living 
with the joys and problems incident to these eight cher- 
ubs. Mother doesn't have too much energy left! Yet I 
am not bereft, because 'love never faileth.' Knowing 
you dear friends has enriched my own life and I can say 
with the Apostle: 'I thank my God upon every remem- 
brance of you.' As our hearts and attention are turned 
to the Babe of Bethlehem at this wonderful time of the 
year, it is a pleasure to wish all our loved ones and 
friends a blessed Christmas. The warmth and blessings 
of the Christmas season will accompany you through the 
year because 'This Holy Child' has become your Saviour, 
the Christ of Calvary. Accept then my love and warm- 
est greetings to each one, dearly beloved in the Lord. 
Yours because His, 

Althea Miller." 

"As your pastor-friend we greet you in the blessed 
name of Jesus . . . that name which became a human fact 
in the grand miracle of the incarnation of the Second 
Person of the Triune God, even our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Our Lord from heaven brought us the peace that lasts 
. . . the peace of sins forgiven and the peace of answered 
prayer. Do you know this peace? God grant that the 
Prince of Peace shall be the Person most important in 
your Christmas celebration this year when, as yet, the 
guns have not ceased their fii-Lng and the blood of our 
boys has not stopped flowing around the world. Some- 
day, sooner than you think, "we shall see his face; and 
his name shall be in our foreheads. And there shall be 
no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of 
the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they 
shall reign for ever and ever" (Rev. 22:4-5). Yours for 
a great future in Gloryland. 

Robert E. A. Miller." 



INTRODUCING YOUR SMM OFFICERS 





Vice President 
Cora Luna 



General Secretary 
Helen Small 




Treasurer 
Mary Hooks 



GIVE TO GRACE SEMINARY— December. January. Febreary. 



1951-52 STATISTICAL REPORT 

WOMEN'S MISSIONARY COUNCIL OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH 



■. r\ e' +j ^-J 111 J5 

c£ii - > ^ s: s: ^ 

is!Hc-s > ^ t. t ^ s 

No. of councils in district.. 13 30 24 32 6 7 22 6 14 154 

No. of councils reporting... 11 30 23 32 6 7 22 6 14 151 

New councils in 1951-52 111201102 9 

No. of members 1951 257 645 574 664 180 90 479 114 248 3251 

No. of members 1952 275 792 549 659 132 102 558 133 252 3452 

Ave. attend, at meetings.. 160 444 384 460 85 72 355 80 170 2219 

No. having monthly meet. 8 25 23 30 5 6 19 3 12 131 

No. using Bible read. sug.. 10 21 20 22 4 3 19 3 11 113 

No. emphasiz. fam. worsh. 9 23 19 26 5 4 17 3 13 119 

No. enlisting prayer war'rs 8 23 23 21 5 6 17 5 12 120 

No. observ. 15th. pray, day 6 16 13 21 1 6 13 2 10 88 
No. sending birthday rem. 

to missionaries 9 20 19 20 4 4 13 6 10 105 

No. emphasizing visitation 

and tract distribution 9 21 16 20 5 2 13 4 12 102 

No. promoting child evang. 8 14 19 16 5 2 12 3 6 85 

No. using program packets 10 29 24 32 6 6 22 6 13 148 

No. using read, circle books 6 17 16 19 4 2 13 3 9 86 

No. sending clothing to Ky. 7 3 20 25 2 20 9 86 

No. sending clothing to Taos 2 25 10 10 3 5 15 3 2 75 
No. sending clothing to 

Counselor Post 2 18 9 10 1 5 8 5 1 59 

No. having part in district 

project 10 26 23 29 6 7 20 6 13 140 

No. sending offering for 

Jewish missions 9 17 22 22 4 3 16 2 9 104 

No. sending in national of- 
ferings 9 28 24 31 6 7 22 6 14 147 

There are many things of interest about the work that this report 
does not show. If each one of you could read the blanks as they 
come in you would really see the wonderful things that are being 
done by the different councils and districts. Because some groups 
are small in number does not mean that they do not get things ac- 
complished. It is amazing what they have done and they should be 
a challenge to some of the larger groups to do greater things than 
they have in the past. We do praise the Lord for everything He has 
permitted our women to accomplish and I am sure we are all of the 
same mind in that He should get all the glory to Himself. — Mrs. Rob' 
ert Ashman, secretary. 



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JOHN G. PATON— Missionary to Cannibals 



By Mary L. Emmert 



When John G. Paton, of Scotland, asked the Lord to 
send him to a difficult field, he certainly had his prayer 
answered. 

In 1858 he and his wife were sent to the New Hebrides 
Islands where several missionaries had been killed and 
others driven away. They were landed on Tanna, the 
worst island of the group. Several native Chi-istians 
from the one island where the Gospel had taken hold 
went to help them and were faithful through all the 
trials that followed. 

The fii-st of these was the death of his wife and tiny 
baby at the end of the first few months, due to the bad 
climate. He was often very sick himself until he built 
his house on higher ground. 

The heathen blamed every calamity on the missionary 
and his new teaching. It might be lack of rain, or too 
much rain, or sickness, or death — it was all his fault! 
They tried again and again to kill him. As many as 50 
different attempts were made to take his life, but his 
trust was truly in God, who had promised never to leave 
or forsake him. Often the savages raised their weapons 
to kill him but were restrained by God's hand and were 
powerless to strike. 

At one time the people had stolen nearly everything 
he had, but brought it all back in a hurry when they saw 
a British ship coming into port. 

There were some very bad white traders who sold 
guns and strong drink to the islanders. They stirred the 
people up against the missionaries. Once they even gave 
measles to the people purposely in order to kill them off 
and get their land for themselves. There were many, 
many deaths, and the natives were determined to kill 
Mr. Paton, claiming it was all his fault. 

Finally, in 1862, John Paton had to leave everything 
and run for/his life. He crossed the island, pursued by 
his enemies. They tried to burn down the house where 



he slept that night, but the Lord sent a mighty rainstorm 
just at the right time. 

The next day he and his companions were again saved, 
in answer to prayer, by a ship which had come to rescue 
them from the savages who had again surrounded them. 

After several years of furlough, Mr. Paton returned 
with his second wife to the islands. This time they 
settled on Aniwa, a smaller and much friendlier island. 
The people made them build on a sacred hill, however, 
in the hopes that their gods would strike the strangers 
dead, as the bones from their cannibal feasts were buried 
there. 

When Mr. Paton was building his house, the native 
chief was so astonished to see him write a note to his 
wife on a piece of wood and in turn receive the tools he 
wanted, that he asked to learn how the wood talked. He 
was taught how to read and was a great help in trans- 
lating the New Testament into his own language. This 
old chief was the first convert on Aniwa. Others soon 
followed. 

Due to the scarcity of water, Mr. Paton dug a well. 
The people thought he was crazy to say he was going to 
find water in the ground. When, after much prayer, he 
finally found good water, the people were convinced that 
Jehovah was really God. 

The old chief preached a great sermon about the well 
and the God who could make rain come out of the 
ground. The back of heathenism was broken; the people 
brought their idols to be burned; and all of them ac- 
cepted the Lord. The island became truly Christian. 

This great man of God lived to see the wicked people 
of Tanna converted, too. Also 25 of the 30 islands were 
occupied by missionaries, and there were over 17,000 
Christians. He died at the age of 83, happy to see the 
great work the Lord had accomplished. 



SUGGESTED PROGRAM FOR FEBRUARY 



SMM AMBASSADOR FOR CHRIST 



February — Valentine Day — Love; 
these 3 just go together. Regarding 
love the Word of God says: "Greater 
love hath no man than this, that a man 
lay down, his life for his friends" (John 
15:13). It is because of her great love 
for Christ and the lepers that Marybeth 
has given her life for service in Africa 
that the lepers may know of Christ's 
greater love and that she might help 
them physically. PRAY FOR HER! 



P^- 



"VT^T"^ 




Marybeth Munn 



SINGSPIRATION. 

INTERCESSION— Prayer circle, using prayer requests. 

SCRIPTURE— Psalms 119:81-96. 

TRAINING FOR AMBASSADORS— 

Seniors — "Jehovah's Witnesses." 

Middlers — "Conference Time." 

Juniors — "Cora's Curiosity." 
SPECIAL NUMBER. 
REPORT ON AMBASSADORS— 

Seniors — "Conference Time." 

Middlers, Juniors — "John G. Paton." 
BENEDICTION. 
BUSINESS MEETING. 



January 10, 1953 



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JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES 



By Dr. Homer A. Kent 



The cult before us in this present study is one of the 
most aggressive isms of the day. On countless street 
corners in towns and cities across our nation witnesses 
of this movement may be seen seeking to dispose of their 
Watch Tower and Consolation magazines. Their King- 
dom Halls are widely scattered over this land and other 
lands. 

I. Its Names. Some confusion exists because of the 
difEerent names by which the cult has been known. It 
has variously been called Russellism, after its founder, 
Charles Taze Russell; Millennial Dawnism, in view of its 
millennial views; the Watch Tower and Tract Society, 
because of its publication interests; the International 
Bible Students' Association, because of its work in other 
countries besides the United States; and Jehovah's Wit- 
nesses, the name which they adopted in 1931 and by 
which they prefer to be known. They make much of 
Scriptural substantiation in the use of this latter name. 

II. Origin. The cult had its origin with the prophetic 
teachings of "Pastor" Russell beginning in 1874. The 
world seems to have been lying in total ignorance of 
very important truth until this self-styled man who was 
never ordained came upon the scene! Russell was born 
in 1851 and died in 1916. When Russell passed off the 
scene, Ex-Judge J. F. Rutherford carried on as the 
leader of the movement. Russell did the Elijah work of 
the cult while Rutherford did the Elisha work. 

III. History oj the Movement. The cult is based upon 
the teachings of Russell's "Studies in the Scriptures" (7 
volumes) and the writings of Judge Rutherford. The 
latter's writings have appeared in numerous volumes 
easily recognized by their brilliant colors. 'Among these 
writings are the following titles: "Light," "The Harp of 
God," "Deliverance," "Government," "Creation," etc. 

The system has appealed to the ignorant and un- 
schooled who know little about the Scriptures and who 
are attracted by the sensational. Russell said that 
Christ's second coming took place in 1874 and that all 
true Christians then in theh- graves were raised in 1878. 
He said that Christ and these Chi-istians are here now, 
but unseen, carrying on a special work, and that in 
October 1914 Christ was to set up His millennial reign 
and all present governments were to be overthrown. 
Thus the theocracy which was overthrown by Nebu- 
chadnezzar is restored. This explains why the Jehovah's 
Witnesses have so little to do with present-day govern- 
ments. 

The cult is seeking now to cover the world with their 
witness, the Gospel of the kingdom. Missionaries in 
various parts of the world testify to the aggressive na- 
ture of their work. They hold that Armageddon may 
take place at any time. The Devil will be tossed into 
outer darkness and perfect peace will reign forever, ex- 
cept for a brief period at the end of the first 1,000 years. 
The DevU will be finally obliterated. One of their 
watchwords Is, "Millions now living will never die." If 
all professed Christians were as active as are the Jeho- 
vah's Witnesses, the church would really get somewhere. 

IV. Doctrinal Viewpoint. First, what elements of 
truth are to be found in the system? It claims to believe 
(1) the Bible as the Word of God, (2) dispensational dis- 
tinctions, (3) salvation through the death of Chi'ist, (4) 



the election and calling of the church, (5) the second 
coming of Christ, (6) the resurrection of the dead with 
the exception of Jesus, (7) the restoration of Israel, (8) 
a millennium, and (9) a final judgment. Thus with these 
beliefs it is easy to see how they can deceive those who 
are not instructed in the Word. It will be noted that 
the Witness writings are full of Scripture references, but 
they are often misinterpreted. 

Now, secondly, what of error is to be found in the 
cult? (1) Its most serious error is its denial of the deity 
of Christ. He is a creation of God like the angels; in 
fact. He is called the Archangel Michael by Russell 
("Studies in the Scriptures, vol. 5, p. 84). Thus He is 
not equal with God. (2) It denies the Trinity. Russell 
said, "The trinitarian doctrine suited well the dark ages 
which it helped to produce" (ibid., p. 166). (3) It is an- 
other date-setting system. This was indicated above. 
(4) It believes that death means extinction, annihilation. 
This even applies to Christ on the cross. "Our Lord's 
being or soul was nonexistent during the period of 
death" (ibid., p. 362). The One whom the disciples saw 
after the resurrection was not the Christ who died but 
another Christ newly created. (5) It does not believe in 
a bodily resurrection. (6) It believes that unbelievers 
will be given a second chance. (7) It holds that the work 
of Christ on the cross was the work of a mere man. "As 
a human being he gave himself a ransom for men." Thus 
there w'as no divinity on Calvary. (8) It denies the res- 
urrection of Christ's body. No one knows what became 
of it. Maybe it was dissolved into gases (ibid., vol. 2, p. 
129). (9) This cult denies any humanity in the exalted 
Saviour (ibid., vol. 2, p. 107). 

V. Refutation of Errors. This cult may be refuted in 
the following ways: (1) By showing that there is no 
word in Scripture that makes Christ identical with Mi- 
chael, the archangel. The idea is only a fabrication of 
their own minds. Instead the Scriptures show Christ 
not as a created being but as the agent of creation and 
equal with the Father (see John 1:1; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2). 
Christ is called God in Scripture (John 1:1; Heb. 1:8; 
John 20:28; Tit. 2:13). Divine worship is also ascribed 
to Him (John 4:10; 20:28; Matt. 14:33; Luke 24:52). 
(2) By showing passages giving evidence of the Trinity 
(John 1:1; Acts 5:4; Matt. 3:16-17; II Cor. 13:14; Matt. 
28:19). (3) By showing passages that frown upon date- 
setting (Matt. 25:13; 24:36; Mark 13:32). (4) By show- 
ing passages that repudiate extinction at death (Phil. 
1:21-23; Luke 23:43; 16:22fiE.; II Cor. 5:6-8). (5) By 
showing passages that plainly teach a bodOy resurrec- 
tion (I Cor. 15:4, 35, 44; Matt. 28:9; John 20:15ff.; Acts 
1:3: John 2:19, 22). (6) By showing passages that give 
no hope for a second chance (II Cor. 6:2; John 5:28-29, 
etc.). Space forbids the consideration of further mate- 
rial on refutation. What the people need who are en- 
snared' by this cult is the pure Gospel of the grace of 
God presented in the power of the Spirit of God. 



NOTICE 

ADDRESS of national president, PATTY GRIFFITH, 
is now R. R. 1, Conemaugh, Pa. 



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CORA'S CURIOSITY 



By Mabel Donaldson 



"My, my, daughter," said Mrs. Burns as Cora paused 
between questions to get her breath. "Why are you so 
curious? You've done nothing but ask questions con- 
stantly since you came home from Sunday school. I 
hope you don't come forth with any that I can't answer." 
"I'm sorry, Mother. But Miss Sarah only had a 
little time this morning to tell us about the main work 
of Christ, His death on the cross. She explained about 
the place and the people who were there. She told 
about His burden in carrying the heavy cross and who 
helped Him. But she didn't have time to answer all the 
questions we all had. She never did get around to 
mine." 

"Well, dear, I am happy to know that my little gu-1 
does know that the death of Christ was so very impor- 
tant. If it had not taken place, we would not have a 
complete atonement (forgiveness of our sins) in our 
Christian religion. Other religions have some good 
points, but all theh- leaders are dead and have stayed 
dead. They are only hoping that their leaders will be 
able to do something for them some day. However, it is 
written of Jesus that 'the cross is the magnet which sends 
the electrical current through the telegraph between 
earth and heaven, and makes both Testaments thrill, 
through the ages of the past and future, with living, 
harmonious, and saving truth.' Christ's death (or His 
most important work) has great prominence in the 
Scriptures, too. It is the fundamental theme of the 
Gospel. The Apostle Paul says that he first instructed 
those to whom he preached about the death of Christ — 
that 'Christ died for our sins' (I Cor. 15:1-3). But you 
know, Cora, one of the things which thrills me is the fact 
that not only in earth do we have a group of people who 
know that Christ died, and appreciate it, but in heaven 
also they have a song about it. Let's turn to Revelation 
5:8-12 and read the song together." 

Cora opened her Bible and found the place almost 
immediately. She had learned the books of the Bible 
and this job was not hard for her. She and Mother 
read: "And when he had taken the book, the four beasts 
and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, 
having every one of them harps, and golden vials full 
of odours [incense], which are the prayers of saints. 
And they sung a new song, saying. Thou art worthy to 
take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou 
wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood 
out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and na- 
tion; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: 
and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I 
heard the voice of many angels round about the throne 
and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them 
was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of 
thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the 
Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, 
and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and 
blessing." 

"Oh, Mother," said Cora, "I can almost see us in that 
great choir. We'll be telling Jesus someday how much 
we appreciate His greatest work, won't we?" 

"Yes, Cora. We won't forget, I hope, to thank Him 
for becoming a substitute and dying in our place. We'll 
praise Him for making things all right between our souls 



and God, taking away our sin so we can have fellowship 
with God and be in the place He has prepared for us." 

"But, Mother, Gladys says that Christ didn't really 
die. Someone told her He just fainted and when they 
laid Him in the tomb the coolness brought Him to." 

"I have heard these ideas, too, dear. But remember 
that the Bible gives the correct answer. People may say 
anything, but that doesn't make it so. We must take 
what the Bible says as truth. It says He died! Further- 
more, He died to show the love of God to all mankind. 
I John 4:10 tells us: 'Herein is love, not that we loved 
God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the 
propitiation for our sins.' And, of course, we know John 
3:16. Jesus was a gift from God; a gift unto the end — 
death and resurrection." 

"I am so glad Jesus died for everybody, too. That in- 
cludes each one of us. It includes the unjust, the unfair, 
the ungodly — those who even hated Him. He died for 
the church and He died for the whole world. His death 
and resurrection made it possible to come to God in 
prayer, and to claim the promise to dwell with Him for- 
ever and forever. I just can hardly believe all this. 
Mother. But, as you say, it is in the Bible, so it is really 
truth. Thanks, Mother, for explaining some more to 
me about the death of Christ. More and more I can see 
that even though He did wonderful things on this earth 
like healing the sick, making the blind to see, giving the 
crazy people theu- minds back, loving the children, and 
feeding the thousands. His greatest work was to give His 
life on the cross and come from the grave." 

"Cora, there is just one thing more I want you to real- 
ize about the importance of the death and resurrection 
of Christ. It surely put a "crimp" in Satan's activities. 
It was the pronouncement of Satan's doom. It was the 
loss of his power over men. We should be thankful, too, 
that Christ's new life in us can give us victory over sin 
and the Devil, but we could not have that life if Christ 
had not died." 

QUIZ 

1. Why did Christ die? 

2. What was the most important work Chi-ist did? 

3. How did the death of Christ affect heaven? 

4. What did we gain by His death and resurrection? 

5. What effect did His death have on Satan? 



SMM NEWS 

In order to plan out the work of the SMM year, the 
Senior SMM of BUENA VISTA, VA., has organized their 
girls into 2 teams — Marys and Marthas. This SMM also 
added 5 new members to their group. 

A new SMM has been started in the new church at 
EVERETT, PA., with 11 girls. Their local project is to 
clean the church each week, thus saving the expense of 
hiring someone to do it. 

Special notice of the bandage rolling of the SMM of 
TEMPLE CITY, CALIF.: the 12 girls of this group have 
rolled 1,000 bandages. 

The Senior SMM at KITTANNING, PA., makes use of 
their parties to accomplish bandage rolling. They hold 
2 meetings a month. 



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jtev. and l.rs. iilaine Snyder 
tfinona Lake, Ind. 



CONFERENCE TIME 

(ACTS 15) 

By Ada M. Etiing 

Perhaps you are like my girls. We scarcely get our 
baggage unpacked from our conference trip until they 
are planning for Winona next year. They always enjoy 
the business, inspiration, and fellowship of conference 
and Bethany days. 

As we think of conference, we think of delegates from 
each church in the brotherhood meeting to discuss sub- 
jects that later become the policy of the church. Even 
so, the first conference of the church met at Jerusalem 
to receive a gi-oup from the church at Antioch to discuss 
a problem of great importance. 

What was the problem? 

Spoken very simply (15:1) the question in dispute 
was, "Did the gentiles have to be circumcised and fol- 
low the laws of Moses?" The Jews had conformed to 
the laws and rites of their fathers in the past and felt 
they always should do so. Christianity to the Jew was 
not a religion that destroyed the religion of their fathers, 
but rather fulfilled it. 

However, there was no Jewish background in Antioch. 
They found Christ, knew the joy of their new relation- 
ship, and had real fellowship in the church. 

But certain of the Jewish teachers came to Antioch 
saying, m effect: "You must be circumcised before you 
receive the gift of God." Perhaps you have heard some 
folks in our day say, "You must be baptized before you 
receive salvation." This presents the same problem to 
some as did circumcision in the early days. 

Was it a serious problem? 

The Greek was rejoicing in the fact that "by grace are 
ye saved through faith . . . not of works, lest any man 
shordd boast." The Jew did not realize this truth but 
thought of salvation as having come as a result of Jew- 
ish ritual. If the Jew had been victorious through the 
years the church would have been divided. 

How was the problem handled? 

That a decision be made was seen necessary. The 
church at Antioch sent a delegation to consult with the 
apostles and elders at Jerusalem. 

After much discussion, first with the elders and then 
before the church, 3 statements were made. Peter sug- 
gested that in the case of Cornelius God had blessed and 



PRAYER REQUESTS 

1. Pray for the needs of your SMM group. 

2. Pray for the SMM officers that the Lord wUl 
guide them in all plans for SMM work. 

3. Remember those who are in schools preparing 
for the Lord's service. 

4. Continually pray for our missionaries that the 
Lord will keep them in health, supply strength and 
encouragement, and give peace of heart and mind as 
they faithfully give forth the Gospel of light. 



honored without ritualism. "Why," he contended, "tempt 
ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, 
which neither our fathers nor we are able to bear?" 
(15:10). 

Immediately after this speech Paul and Barnabas took 
the witness stand and rehearsed before the church how 
the same grace that operated for Cornelius had been 
evident in Cyprus, Antioch, Pisidia. and Galatia; how 
God had worked without offering of sacrifice or works 
of law. 

The final speaker was James, who perhaps was pre- 
siding. The expression he used is conclusive. "To this 
agree the words of the prophets." The decision was not 
based upon the word of man but the words of Scriptxrre. 
There was no seeking for self glory. How do we know? 
Notice James can say in verse 25, "It seemed good unto 
us, being assembled with one accord," and also, "It 
seemed good to the Holy Spirit" (15:25, 28). The Holy 
Spirit does not guide selfish hearts. 

What does this decision mean to me? 

My daddy used to say, "Why read about those fellows 
way back there?" We would answer, "So that we can 
profit from their mistakes, blessings, and decisions." 

Here is a place you and I can rejoice. Nothing, abso- 
lutely nothing — other than faith — is essential to our sal- 
vation. Christ has redeemed ms.' Mother used to whis- 
tle, then sing; sing, and then whistle: "Free from the 
law, oh happy condition!" What a blessing! But re- 
member, every blessing brings a responsibility. We are 
our sister's keeper! Let us "walk worthy of the vocation 
wherewith ye are called." 

Be sure to have a map for next month's study. Either 
have a large map for the whole group or let each girl 
make a map so she can trace the journeys of Paul. 



OFFICIAL REPORT 

Attention Seniors! Have you been having missionary 
reports in your meetings each month? Your literature 
secretary is responsible for compiling and giving a mis- 
sionary activity report. This report should be made 
from the home and foreign mission numbers of the 
Herald. This is local organization goal #8, so let's not 
forget it. 

SMM Pins. Are you proud of your SMM? Then show 
it by wearing an SMM pin wherever you go. You can 
get these for 65c each from your literature secretary, 
Myra Joy Conner. 

Spring Cabinet Meeting. It's time once again to get 
together for your spring cabinet meeting to make future 
plans. This is a fine time to check up on your goals to 
see whether or not the girls and the organization as a 
whole are meeting them. Let this meeting be a midyear 
boost so that you don't lag behind and fall do\vn on your 
goals. 

Valentine Party? If you are planning a Valentine 
party for your SMM, here is a suggestion. Why don't 
you get together and make some candy and cookies. 
Then fix a valentine box for the boys in service or for 
the boys and girls away at school from your church. It 
will be appreciated, and you will have fun doing it! 



The junior girls of WATERLOO, IOWA, are already 
counting up completed goals and projects. One inter- 
esting project completed was the making of flannelgraph 
materials for our missionaries in Argentina. 



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/OLUME 15, NUMBER 3 



HOME MISSION NUMBER 



JANUARY 17, 1953 



The photograph below includes some local Brethi-en along with some Brethren 
students of Wheaton College who are vitally interested in seeing a new Brethren 
church in Wheaton, 111. At the present time the Sunday school is held in the home 
shown in the foreground, which is a model home made available to us thi'ough the 

courtesy of the Best Built Co. 




_y^j tke (L>clito^ ^eed Jj^i — — 



By L. L. Grubb 



OKLAnOUA CITY, AMERICAN PARADOX 
OF SIN AND RELIGION 

This great southwest city is indeed a paradox — re- 
vivals on one corner and burlesque shows on the other; 
prayer meetings running full blast right next door to 
call-houses; a bone-dry prohibition law and about the 
nation's highest per-capita consumption of hard liquor. 

Though supposedly "dry," Oklahoma City is one of 
the wettest towns in the United States. Even the word 
"bootlegger" originated here from the old Oklahoma 
custom of carrying a flagon of wine in the jackboot. A 
simple telephone call wUl bring you any kind of alco- 
holic beverage you may desire. Recently an Oklahoma 
Baptist preacher complained that he was being confused 
with a prominent local bootlegger with a similar name 
and that his phone was "ringing day and night." Ac- 
cording to the revenue commissioner of Arkansas, rec- 
ords prove that more than 700,000 cases of liquor are 
shipped into "dry" Oklahoma annually, one-third of a 
case for each man, woman, and child in the State. 

As a result, even though this city is often called the 
capital of the Bible Belt, sin of all sorts runs rampant. 
In spite of the presence of a number of fundamental 
churches, Oklahoma City is one of the "most wide-open" 
cities of the nation, and has been described in those 
words in several national publications. When the Amer- 
ican Social Hygiene Association reported that this city 
was one of the plague-spots of the nation as far as vice 
and venereal disease were concerned, leading citizens 
rushed to their indignant pastors and denied it, but at 
the same time hinted broadly to prospective conven- 
tioners that it was so and that Oklahoma City is a town 
where everything goes. The city rates high in church 
attendance, but supports at the same time more strip- 
teasers, gamblers, and bootleggers than any other com- 
parable town in the whole Southwest. 

"Hell's Half-Acre" is the traditional tenderloin of 
Oklahoma City and dates back to the days of the gold 
rush. It is a 4- or 5-square-block area south of the 
Santa Fe railroad station. Here, along California and 
Reno streets, almost any variety of sin may be found. 

The visitor to Oklahoma City will see tall, beautiful 
buildings, immaculate streets, modern stores, and shops 
of all sorts. Exquisite church buildings rear their spires 
heavenward and one feels that he has come to earth's 
Utopia. But the balance of the story is a sordid tale of 
wickedness. 

In this series of verbal pictures of American cities 
running currently in our home mission issues of the 
Herald we are endeavoring to emphasize the fact that 
American cities desperately need the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ. We are asleep and generally unresponsive to the 
terrible conditions of vice and lust which exist in our 
populated centers. 



The casual observer who has little interest in home 
missions may easUy say after a visit to Oklahoma City, 
"Why the place is full of churches, and the city is spot- 
lessly clean; what need do these people have for further 
spiritual help?" But this is not the whole story. 

Why the paradox — so many churches, yet so much sin? 

If all the churches were rebuking sin and preaching 
Christ as they should, the gambling houses and red-light 
districts would be hard-pressed for an existence. But 
Oklahoma City has its large share of modernistic, social- 
minded churches also. Very few really preach the Word. 

Like all modern strategically located American cities, 
this southwest city has enjoyed great growth. In recent 
flights over the city vast new housing projects were in 
evidence. With the increase in population the gospel 
testimony becomes smaller in proportion and the houses 
of sin flourish. 

Oklahoma City needs a half-dozen Brethren churches 
with their emphasis on the full Word of the living God. 
We need to meet this modern Pompeii of sin head-on 
with the spiritual dynamite of God. 

MORE AMERICAN PROSPECTS FOR 
THE GOSPEL IN '53 

The population of our nation is growing! There were 
probably 4 million babies born this past year and the 
expectation is for a similar or larger number in 1953. 
Our population total now is 158.5 million, but wUl prob- 
ably be above 161 million a year hence. We are a fast- 
growing nation. 

Unless the church prepares for this tremendous chal- 
lenge from American young life we will miss our great- 
est national opportunity for Christ. If we fail, our jails 
and penitentiaries will fill to capacity. 

JEWRY CONFUSED 

Shlomo Z. Shragai, mayor of Jerusalem, says that 
Jewry is not ready for the reconstruction of the tradi- 
tional holy temple. 

However, recently he revealed plans for a handsome 
modern-day substitute, a 10,000-capacity "central world 
synagogue" in Jerusalem. Every Jewish congregation 
in the world — Orthodox, Conservative, Reform — wiU be 
invited to share in the construction of this mammoth 
edifice in return for which their names will be inscribed 
in plaques to be placed on the seats of the synagogue. 
He indicated that Beth Knesset, as the synagogue will 
be called, "will be representative of the religious ideals 
and motivations of all Jewry." Already $500,000 has 
been oflfered by one Jewish family to begin the work. 

Unfortunately the mayor of Jerusalem does not real- 
ize that one day he or his successors will be deposed 
from the place of authority by One who will rule the 
world from this 3,000-year-old city. The information is 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as second class matter April 16. 1943. at the post office at Winona Lake. Ind.. under 
the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake. Ind. Subscription price. S2.00 a year; 100- 
percent churches. S1.50: foreign. $3.00. Board of Directors: Arnold Kriegbaum. President: Robert D. Crees, Vice President: Walter A. Lepp. 
Secretary: Ord Gehman. Treasurer: Bryson C. Fetters. Member at Large to Executive Committee; Herman A. Hoyt. S. W. Link, Mark Malles. 
Robert E. A. Miller. William H. SchafEer. Clyde Balyo. 



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available if he "will but read the Old Testament Scrip- 
tures in Isaiah 11. But many Jews today do not accept 
even the Old Testament as the Word of God. They are 
"Reformed." This means largely that they do not be- 
lieve anything. Agnosticism rules in their thinking 
processes, which is the natural result of turning away 
from the one source of truth — the Bible! 

According to those who are informed, it seems that 
Orthodox Jews, that is those who believe the Old Testa- 
ment Scriptures to be the inspired Word of God, are 
becoming fewer. So Jewry moves farther from the 
truth. 

The world synagogue will serve only one purpose, the 
concentrating of Jewish thinking, enei-gy, purpose, plan- 
ning, and development in earth's area which has already 
been deeded to the seed of Israel through Abraham. 

"Confusion" is the word which can be written wide 
over all Jewry! 

HELP THE JEWS THROUGH 
BRETHREN CHANNELS 

Did you know that the National Fellowship of Breth- 
ren Churches has a mission to the Jews? 

We have actually met people who seem to know little 
if anything about our Jewish work in spite of the fact 
that it is represented each month in our Herald. 

At this time of the year many of our churches receive 
an offering for Jewish missions, even though we prefer 



IT'S NEW - ITS NEWS! 

The beginning of a new year will mark the begin- 
ning of a new Bible class in the Quad City area of 
Iowa and Illinois, which includes Davenport, Rock 
Island, Moline, and East Moline. The class will be 
held at 1949 West First St., Davenport, Iowa, begin- 
ning January 6, 1953, at 7:30, and will continue each 
Tuesday evening thereafter. Rev. Arnold Kriegbaum 
will be teaching the class, and he would appreciate 
the names of anyone you think would be interested 
who lives in this area. Write Brother Kriegbaum at 
1570 43d St. NE., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, or write to the 
Brethren Home Missions Council, Winona Lake, Ind. 



seeing our Jewish mission support coming to us each 
month the year round. 

The Brethren Jewish Mission in the Fairfax district 
of Los Angeles where there are perhaps 100,000 Jews, 
and our fine missionaries. Brother and Sister Bruce 
Button, and Miss Isobel Eraser, deserve your prayerful 
and generous support the year round. Whatever your 
plans for giving for the evangelization of Israel, please 
don't fail to pray and give systematically that God may 
bless in the salvation of many confused Jews. 

For further information write us at Winona Lake, Ind. 



LOOKING AT HOME MISSIONS FOR 1953 



It is with the full realization that only God knows the 
future that we look at 1953 with our human eyes and 
can see the greatest year yet in Brethren home missions. 
We believe this prediction will he true only to the ex- 
tent of your prayers for this work. That you inight put 
forth a greater prayer effort, we list a few of our reasons 
for our observation and trust you will do your best to 
help make it the best year for the glory of God. 

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA— 

The sacrificial gifts and donated labor of the Alexan- 
dria Brethren are making possible the completion of the 
upper auditorium and thereby completing their first 
unit of the building program. These Brethren, under 
the leadership of their pastor, Kenneth Teague, will be 
looking forward to dedication of this completed church 
in 1953. 

ARTESIA, CALIFORNIA— 

Plans are in the making for relocating or buUding, and 
a possibility it will include both, at Artesia in the year 
1953. 

BEAUMONT, CALIFORNIA— 

Dedication of the new Cherry Valley Brethren Church 
of Beaumont is scheduled for early in 1953. This is to 
be one of the most unusual dedications in Brethren home 
missions history and you will be hearing about it soon. 

DAYTON, OHIO— 

The new Patterson Park Brethi-en Church in Dayton 
is nearing completion. This home mission church is 
being built under a new plan that is expected to save 
thousands of dollars for the church and make home 



mission dollars go farther. 1953 will reveal the success 
of this plan and see this new church dedicated. 

DENVER, COLORADO— 

The first Brethren church of our fellowship in the 
State of Colorado is now under construction in Denver. 
Work is progressing very rapidly and you should read 
about its dedication in 1953. 

FINDLAY, OHIO— 

A fine location for the new home mission church in 
Findlay has been obtained and building plans are in the 
making at this time. The building program will be 
started in 1953 and the goal will be to' see it completed. 

HELL FOR CERTAIN, KENTUCKY— 

The complete story of the new chapel at Hell for Cer- 
tain appears in this issue under the title of "New Breth- 
ren Chapel at Hell for Certain," by Miss Evelyn Fuqua. 
Another dedication of a Brethren testimony for 1953. 

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA— 

The people of the Paramount Brethren Church, now 
meeting in the Christian day school building, are talking 
of a new church and, the Lord willing, want to get it 
started in 1953. 

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA— 

Plans for the Washington Heights home mission 
church are ready and early 1953 should see ground 
broken here and a much-needed building completed 
before 1954. 

PARKERSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA— 

The Parkersburg Brethren have a building fund, a 



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pastor, Lester Smitley, working in secular work, and 
have their eyes on some lots for location of a church. 
1953 could see these Brethren entering a much-needed 
building program. 

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON— 

The first pastor for the Seattle work, Thomas Ham- 
mers, arrived on the field the first of January. The pas- 
tor, giving his full time, should reveal some rapid de- 
velopments during 1953 in this northwestern city. 

SIDNEY, OHIO— 

One of the newest prospects for a new Brethren 
church is at Sidney. Although this would be considered 
in the early stages of development, it is expected to show 
seme rapid gains in 1953. 

TEMPLE CITY, CALIFORNIA— 

Plans are completed for a new California-style home 
mission church building in Temple City. Financing is 
the immediate problem, but we are expecting the Lord 
to solve this soon. The weather is no problem in Cali- 
fornia, therefore 1953 should see the first unit of their 
building program completed. ■ 

WHEATON, ILLINOIS— 

A new and promising field in a strategic location. Our 
first entrance into Illinois and a beachhead for the city 
of Chicago. It would provide a Brethren church for our 
Brethren students at Wheaton College. 

YORK, PENNSYLVANIA— 

The Grace Brethren Church, York, was just recently 
organized and is now ready to go places in 1953. A 
search is going on right now for the proper permanent 
location in York, where a home mission church can be 
constructed. 




New Year's Eve in 
South Bend; Ind. 

By Russell Ogden 

Editor's Note: Rev. Russell Og- 
den, a student at Grace Theolog- 
ical Seminary, served as interim 
pastor at the Sunnymede Breth- 
ren Church for a short time and 
then was called to become the 
jull-time pastor. Brother Ogden will be moving on the 
field after graduation this spring and until that time will 
he commuting from Wdnona Lake. 



Russell Ogdsn 



We enjoyed a full program for our New Year's Eve 
watch-night service, beginning at 7:30 with a baptismal 
service in which 5 persons were baptized and added to 
the church. A sixth member was also added who had 
been baptized at a previous time. 

We then observed the threefold communion service, 
with approximately 35 persons participating. This is 
always a blessed service for all concerned. This was 
followed by the showing of the home mission film, "The 
Forgotten Navaho," which received many favorable 
comments. 

The program was concluded with a praise and prayer 
service, which took us through the midnight hour as we 
invoked God's fullest blessing to prosper the work in 
the new year. 



CEDAR RAPIDS CELEBRATES 
THIRD ANNIVERSARY 

By Rev. Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

According to Evangelist Merv Resell, someone has 
printed on the wall of a large theater in New York City 
the v/ords, "If you think your act is so good, try Cedar 
Rapidsl" It was just such an introduction that was 
given when a new work was contemplated in this city. 
One man said: "Cedar Rapids will be hard to crack, and 
unless you know someone who knows the ropes you will 
never be able to do a thing." 

Praise the Lord, we knew Someone! If there were any 
deals to make, or anything to be gotten, we knew that 
One could get it. That Someone was the Lord Jesus 
Himself. Therefore, if anything has been done in Cedar 
Rapids, we must stand and acclaim, "See what the Lord 
hath done." 

The Cedar Rapids church is just 3 years old, with the 
dedication of the church being conducted on November 
20, 1949. Since that date the Lord has blessed and the 
average attendance now is 10 times what it was then, 
and the membership is increased 7 times. 

The Lord be praised that our morning and evening 
services average about the same. Last quarter we 
averaged just 4 less in the evening than in the morning. 

To the praise of the Lord we can report that we have 
never had a communion service in the history of the 
church that we have not had more communicants than 
we have members. 

Our midweek service averages nearly two-thirds of 
our membership. Our prayer is that the average will 
continue, for only as a church advances upon its knees 
can God bless. 

The Evangelical Teacher Training class has 100 per- 
cent of the teachers enrolled who teach in the beginners' 
department through the adult department. All these 
teachers are working for the teacher's certificate granted 
by the Evangelical Teacher Training Association and 
the National Sunday School Board of the Brethren 
Church. One-half of the class will have completed one- 
half of the required studies this spring. 

An anonymous donor gave to the church a new Web- 
ster electric public-address system, with 3-speed phono- 
graph. The speakers are to be mounted in the tower of 
the church and will be played each evening at 6 o'clock 
and on Sundays prior to the regular services. The donor 
is not a member of the local congregation. Pray with us 
that the Lord will use this as a means of touching lives 
and hearts for Jesus Christ. 

Three weeks during the Christmas season "The Nativ- 
ity Scene" was displayed with a rustic setting and spe- 
cial lighting effects. This picturesque reminder of 
"God's Gift" was seen by many who drove by the 
church between 4:30 and 10:30 each evening. 

We thank you for rejoicing with us as we see what 
the Lord is doing in your home mission church in Cedar 
Rapids, Iowa. 



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CEDAR RAPIDS THIRD ANNIVERSARY IN PICTURES 



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Top — Those who joined in the fellowship around the table for the anniversary dinner. The speaker for the 
occasion was Rev. Russell Pavy, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church. Left center — The anniversary cake made 
as a replica of the Holy Bible and containing 3 candles for the 3 yeai's' existence of the church. Right center — Sur- 
prise! Pastor Kriegbaum removes a model of the Cedar Rapids church and reveals the cake. Bottom — The model 
church made by Mrs. Ray Koop has 4 streamers leading to the 4 displays representing Grace Seminary, home mis- 
sions, foreign missions, and publications. These represent the missionary program of this church and our Brethren 
denomination. 



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TEMPLE CITY, CALIF. (Leo Polman, pastor)— 

The past month we have had 15 decisions — some for 
first-time confessions and some for dedication of Uves. 
We are having a real spiritual fellowship here and the 
Lord is certainly blessing in the work. A chapel is an 
urgent need for Temple City and, needless to say, funds 
to build the same. 

FINDLAY, OHIO (Forest Lance, pastor)— 

Souls are being saved, new families are being reached, 
and our attendance growth is encouraging. Summariz- 
ing it all together, the Lord is proving His faithfulness 
in blessing our humble efforts for His glory. 

CORDILLERA, N. MEX. (Tony T. Luna, pastor)— 

We have had 9 first-time confessions of Christ as Sav- 
iour in the past 3 months. The entire congregation has 
indicated a desire to want to serve the Lord and we 
praise Him for this victory. Pray that this spirit will 
always be true. We have been having wonderful serv- 
ices at Arroyo Seco every Sunday with an average at- 
tendance of 15, mostly young people. 

JUNIATA, ALTOONA, PA. (Phillip Simmo^ls, pastor)— 
We have been having some very fine results in Juni- 
ata. This past quarter has been our best in attendance. 
In Sunday school we have had an average of 162.4 since 
November 1. Our building fund offering has averaged 
$90.98 per week the past year. On the last 2 Sundays 2 
couples have been received into the church. 

CHICO, CALIF. (J. Ward Tressler, pastor)— 

Our hearts are praising the Lord for the wonderful 
way He answered our prayers in the meetings with Bro. 
Vincent Bennett. There were decisions each night, of 
which 3 were first-time. Three other first-time deci- 
sions were made at a Youth for Christ service conducted 
by Brother Bennett. A fine couple decided to join us in 
our work as a result of their contact with Brother Ben- 
nett during the meetings. Do pray with us that the Lord 
may make this church attractive to these new people 
and use them in the ministry of the Chico church. 

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, ROANOKE, VA. (W. Carl 
Miller, pastor) — 
Last Sunday Bro. R. A. Greig presented the Washing- 
ton Heights congregation with an attractively framed 
color sketch of the complete plot plans for our new 
church. The Lord was good in giving us this plan at 
such a strategic time, for many visitors and parents were 
present at our children's Christmas program to observe 
it. Our present meeting place (a small home) was 
packed with over 70 people and you could see a look of 




Miss Fuqua 



NEW BRETHREN CHAPEL AT 
HELL FOR CERTAIN, KY. 

By Miss Evelyn Fuqua, Dryhill, Ky. 

Down the Middlefork River of Kentucky, 10 miles 
from Hyden, at the mouth of Hell for Certain Creek, you 
will now see a beautiful little white chapel setting up on 
the hillside. How we do pray that this little chapel will 
prove to be a real lighthouse to the people of this com- 
munity who are lost and know not Christ! We wish 
you could see the people as they come up and down the 
road as the big silver bell calls them to come and wor- 
ship. Far up in some of the little 

"hollers" folk have said they can 
hear the bell. Certainly they can 
never say, "I never had a chance." 
The little chapel is white with a 
green roof — Sisterhood of Mary 
and Martha colors. There is a 
nice steeple with green shingles. 
and inside hangs the big silver 
bell which Mr. Yoder, of the 
Dayton, Ohio, North Riverdale 
church, sent to us. The chapel is 
24 by 52 feet and has 11 windows 
in it. The beautiful stained -glass window of "Mary and 
Martha With Jesus" has arrived, and it will soon be up 
to help make the chapel even more beautiful. 

It is hard to put into words our thanks and apprecia- 
tion to Mr. Orville Beetley for his time, efforts, and gifts 
he has given that this little chapel might be built. Also 
there are many others, all of whom we cannot name, who 
deserve a real vote of thanks for their faithfulness in 
helping us. May our wonderful Lord reward each and 
every one for their labor of love for Him. 

The painting and decorating inside are not completed 
yet, and there are still many odd jobs to be done. It 
probably will be springtime before we can have our 
dedication service, as the weather will not permit at this 
time. When you see the notice in the Herald, plan to 
come to the dedication. 

May we all join hand in hand in prayer, and place a 
fence of prayer around this little vineyard in the hills of 
Kentucky. When the fence of prayer is broken down 
the little foxes get in and spoil the vines, for our vines 
have tender grapes. "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, 
that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes" 
(S. of S. 2:15). Do you remember the definition I gave 
you of a husbandman — the one who takes care of the 
vineyard? "A husbandman is the spiritual guide of the 
people under whose care and culture the fruits of right- 
eousness are expected to spring up." What a responsi- 
bility the husbandman has! How I need you to pray 
for me! 

In closing, all I can say is: "Now unto him that is able 
to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or 
think" (Eph. 3:20). "The Lord hath done great things 
for us: whereof we are glad" (Psa. 126:3). 



surprise and feel a new spirit of enthusiasm as some- 
thing definite was displayed for our future program. 
As never before we all felt the great need for a new 
and larger building to accommodate more people. 



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ROMANIST PERSECUTION ON INDIAN RESERVATIONS 



By Enrique Ibanez 



Editor's Note: The following article is reprinted from 
United Evangelical Action for December 1, 1952, by spe- 
cial permission of the editor, Dr. James DeForest Murch. 
It is worthy of the careful consideration of each reader. 
In a well-documented and vivid fashion it portrays con- 
ditions of religious intolerance and persecution which 
need to he corrected immediately. 



One of the most amazing incidents of Roman Catholic 
persecution of Protestants within the borders of the 
United States has been revealed to evangelicals by 
Pueblo Indians. After undergoing treatment almost be- 
yond human endurance some 15 to 20 Christian Indians 
appealed to the National Association of Evangelicals for 
help (Action November 1). 

These good people asserted that Protestant converts 
among the Jemez Pueblo have been threatened with 
confiscation of property, eviction from their reservations, 
refusal to bury their dead in the only available cemetery, 
and in some cases beating and scourging. 

The southwest regional director of the NAE made an 
extensive investigation of the charges which were orig- 
inally made by Jose Ray Toledo, spokesman for the 
Protestant minority among the Jemez Indians. 

Of the tribe, which numbers about 850 persons, about 
100 are Protestants; the others are Roman Catholic or 
non-Christian. 

It appears that the current complaint is a renewal of a 
protest made several years ago which prompted former 
Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes to write direc- 
tives to governors of the tribes involved. Mr. Ickes de- 
manded the return of lands to the religious minority 
expropriated during unbelievable religious proscription 
by Roman Catholics. 

The Protestants of Jemez were originally converted by 
a Presbyterian missionary. At one time the Presby- 
terians owned a good property in the pueblo including 
a church building and missionary's home. Because of 
persecutions the work was finally abandoned. The 
Presbyterian church buUding is now being used by a 
Roman Catholic merchant for a warehouse. Until re- 
cently the abandoned Protestants had to meet from 
house to house for prayer and Bible study — always 
under threat of persecution. 

On July 21 of this year the governing assembly of 
Jemez Pueblo called some 15 Protestant Christians be- 
fore it and demanded that they renounce their faith and 
return to the Indian-Catholic religion. On the refusal of 
the non-Catholic Indians to deny their faith, the gover- 
nor of the pueblo announced that their property was 
forfeited, including homes and furniture; that they no 
longer could share in the use of community property 
such as trucks, threshing machines, etc.; that they had 
lost their water rights, and that they must leave the 
pueblo. He had previously forbidden them to have any 
prayer meeting or religious meeting in their homes and 
of course would not permit the building of a Protestant 
church in the pueblo, and he stated that his decisions 
could not be interfered with even by the Federal Gov- 
ernment. 



The victim reported the affair to the Roman Catholic 
attorney appointed by the Federal Government to act for 
all Pueblo Indians but received no help aside from the 
advice that they should obey the governor concerning 
not holding religious meetings in their private homes 
and that the governor had no right to deprive them of 
their homes and furniture. It was this incident which 
caused the appeal to the National Association of Evan- 
gelicals. 

Our interviews with the Protestant Indians of Jemez 
brought out a series of unbelievable testimonies, all of 
which we have preserved on tape recordings. Excerpts 
from one or two may be of interest to readers of Action 
magazine. 

One fine Christian woman told how the Roman Cath- 
olic priest and nuns threatened her family with hell-fire 
and forbade her to accept Protestant literature and gifts. 
They showed her pictures of the Devil pushing people 
into the flames of hell with a long fork and told her that 
her whole family would be excommunicated. 

"On Saturday morning, September 4, 1948," she con- 
tinued, "the children and I were up early. I had con- 
siderable household chores and Christino, their father, 
had to make preparations for participation in the cere- 
monial dances at the Santa Fe Fiesta. The children 
were to relieve their father of the care of the animals by 
carrying feed and water. As the corrals were quite a 
distance south of the village, they went by the highway. 
About half way down the road a Dodge pickup truck 
loaded with wood, and driven by Mr. Salvatore Fragua, 
struck our daughter. She was taken to the Albuquer- 
que Indian Hospital, where Dr. Sturgis treated her for 
internal injuries, broken arms, and bruises. She died in 
the hospital at 12 o'clock that night. We left the hos- 
pital with her body at 8:30 Sunday morning, returning 
to Jemez. It is customary for the village sacristan and 
the fiscal to be notified in case, so as to prepare the grave 
for burial (incidentally the sacristan and fiscal are un- 
dertakers), and the priest must be consulted for admin- 
istration of final rites. Her father notified Mr. Ramon 
Fragua, the fiscal assistant, and was told to go to the 
sacristan, Mr. Jose Torrez, who in turn referred him to 
Father Lambert Dendenfelder, the priest. Father Den- 
denfelder then told us that burial privileges were to be 
denied on the authority of the fiscal, Mr. Jose Gabriel 
Chinana. Mr. Chinana contended that the child was pos- 
sessed of evil spirits due to its exposure to Protestants 
and therefore had no place in the community burial 
ground. If the child were buried without his consent 
he would have the body removed from the cemetery, he 
said. We appealed to the church officials but they re- 
fused to prepare a grave until the priest and the gover- 
nor obtained satisfactory statements in writing from the 
child's parents. In the meantime Father Dendenfelder 
and the governor, accompanied by the fiscal and his as- 
sistants came to my house and demanded that we swear 
in writing to renounce the Protestant faith and prohibit 
our children's attendance at Protestant gatherings. We 
did not want to do this, but the priest and the governor 
warned us that there would be no burial otherwise. This 



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39 



occurred at noon on Monday the 6th — 36 hours after 
the child died and the body had begun to decompose. 
At last we were compelled to sign away the right to our 
chosen religion and our daughter was buried that eve- 
ning." 

A leading Protestant citizen told of similar persecu- 
tions attending the observance of the Easter ceremonials 
at the pueblo this year: "The governors went from house 
to house asking non-Catholics to stay away from the 
ceremonies. They not only ordered us to keep our chil- 
dren away from the plaza where the dances were held, 
but insisted that we vacate our homes. When we prom- 
ised to remain inside our property they were not satis- 
fied. The governors said our children were Indians and 
should go to see the sacred dance and worship at the 
sacred shrine. When we insisted that we had learned 
the true way to worship and that we did not want any 
longer to be pagans, they threatened to chase us out of 
the pueblo. When we insisted that we had rights under 
the United. States Constitution the governors said, "I 
boss you. You are Indians, not Americans.' " 

Apparently the governors of the Jemez Pueblo have 
made it very clear to the non-Catholics of the commu- 
nity that the Constitution of the United States does not 
exist for the Pueblo Indians and that they have no rights 
under its provisions. They say that the governors are 
the only ones who have a right to rule the people and 
they can do as they please. Furthermore, they say that 
the Roman Catholic priest has power over all 19 pueblos 
of the Pueblo Indians and that the governors must abide 
by his orders and that they are not good Indians (i.e., 
they will not be prayed out of purgatory). All the upper 
chiefs of the tribe and the council of the Casikis who 
hold the authority in civil government are dominated by 
the Roman Catholic priest and are under obligation to 
keep the Pueblos on a 100-percent Roman Catholic basis. 

In an effort to be of service to these consecrated Prot- 
estants the National Association of Evangelicals encour- 
aged them to state their grievances, which they did in 
6 points: 

1. That the road block must be removed in front of 
the residence of Mrs. Refugia Toledo de Chinana. 

2. That no Protestant member of the Pueblo shall be 
required to contribute any portion of his crop, corn, 
wheat, or other crops, or money to the Catholic Church, 
nor shall they be required or expected to participate in 
the plastering or repairing of the church at any time. 

3. That each member of the Pueblo and his family 
and children shall have the right to be buried in the 
graveyard of the Pueblo without interference, or that 
the Pueblo will provide 2 acres of land where a separate 
cemetery may be established for Protestant members of 
the Pueblo. 

4. That the Protestant members of the Pueblo shall 
have the right to build a church if, as, and when they so 
desire on the property of the Pueblo at a spot to be 
mutually agreed upon. 

5. That the Protestant members of the Pueblo be 
permitted to participate in the government and have 
representation in the tribal government. 

6. That Protestant members of the Pueblo be per- 
mitted to engage in all community work, such as repair 
ditches, roads, etc. That they be further entitled to re- 
ceive all community benefits such as water rights, the 
use of all community equipment, property, etc. 



A former governor of New Mexico has been secured as 
legal counsel. The NAE Washington office has volun- 
teered its assistance. Appeals are being made to the 
properly constituted authorities. If, however, no relief 
can be secured through the usual channels of govern- 
ment, drastic legal action will be taken. 

As we stated earlier in this article, the present situa- 
tion in the Pueblos of New Mexico is nothing new. The 
late Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes, after thor- 
ough investigation, once issued a directive which read 
as follows: 

"It is intolerable that for a purely religious alleged 
offense, and under a charge of witchcraft supported by 
no evidence of witnesses, Indians should be confined by 
fellow Indians in an unsanitary and practically an airless 
and lightless dungeon for long periods. 

"It is intolerable that for such alleged offenses Indians 
should be deprived by other Indians of much of their 
land, in some cases, and all of their land in others, and 
that the officials of a tribe should personally appropriate 
this confiscated land for their own enrichment. 

"It is intolerable that the most fundamental of all 
human rights, and one of the most precious of all the 
rights guaranteed by the Constitution — liberty of con- 
science — should be denied and abolished within a tribe 
of Indians through the action of officers themselves 
proceeding under the domination of an armed and uni- 
formed employee of the Indian Service, whose action, in 
its turn, was not authorized by law or directed or to be 
tolerated by his superiors in the government. 

"Under Section 17 of the Act of June 7, 1924, the ap- 
proval of the Secretary of the Interior is required for 
conveyance or transfer of land between the Indians of 
the Pueblos of New Mexico. The taking of lands of the 
religious minority is hereby disapproved, and the appro- 
priation of these lands by the officers of the Pueblo for 
their personal use is hereby disapproved. The status of 
the land remains what it was before the religious pro- 
scription was set in action, and the members of the 
Native American Church are authorized to repossess 
themselves of all of the land thus taken from them. The 
officers of Toas Pueblo are hereby directed to return 
the land to its owners and to make good any damage or 
losses caused by their seizures of the land. 

"Should the religious persecution be recommenced, 
the resources of the Department of Interior wiU be used 
to protect the religious liberties of the minority. 

"I earnestly hope and trust that hereafter these irreg- 
ularities and those demoralizing actions will not be re- 
newed. The injury from such actions extends far be- 
yond Toas Pueblo. It discredits every pueblo. It jeop- 
ardized the religious liberties and the self-government 
of all the other pueblos and, indeed, of every Indian 
tribe. It jeopardized the success of the whole broad 
program, now far advanced, which looks toward the 
establishment of Indian rights, including the privileges 
of self-determination by the Indian tribes, and which 
seeks to establish the Indian in the public opinion of the 
country as a dignified, permanent and important unit in 
the life and culture of the United States." 

Certainly the time has come for an aroused citizenry 
to demand religious freedom for everyone under the 
Stars and Stripes. Our Constitution provides it. Shall 
a combination of Roman Catholicism and Indian pagan- 
ism deny it in 1952? 



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II S K A E IL CALLS! 



511 NORTH CURSON AVENUE 

I start calling on another street this morning. The 
response for the last few days has been anything but 
encouraging. Folks refuse to answer the door, or po- 
litely say they are not interested, or slam the door. I 
pray the Lord will provide a good contact this morning. 
A session such as the last few days is far from encour- 
aging. 

There is no answer at the fii'st 2 homes. The next 
house produces a man who "has no time." The next 3 
houses do not produce resiilts. I ring the next doorbell 
and a man answers. As I speak to him of the Lord, he 
responds, "I don't believe in anything but the dollar. 
My wife wants me to help her, so I'll have to close the 
door." I try to hold him with statements from the Old 
Testament, pointing out that this is the Word of God. 
And with this he bursts into a fury of words, ending 
with: "And it's your kind and your belief that causes 
all the trouble in the world. I hate you and your kind!" 
And the door closes with a BANG! 

I note the contact on the card for that home and then 
glance at the card for the following house. This looks 
promising. There has been a good testimony given at a 
previous contact. The only protest offered to the read- 
ing of Old Testament Scripture was, "That is your in- 
terpretation." Perhaps the Lord will bless with a good 
contact at this home. I pray to that end and ring the 
bell. The door opens. "Yes, what is it?" asks the man 
of the house. 

"I stopped by to give you the new issue of the Media- 
tor and to find out what you thought of the article, 
T. E. S.,' in the last issue. And I would like to talk 
with you regarding the Tenach, if I may," I respond. 

"Young man," he replied, "I cannot take time to talk 
today. And I didn't read the other Mediator. And L E. 
S. was not a believer in Jesus as Messiah." 

"But I thought you didn't read the other Mediator. 
How did you know I. E. S. was a believer?" I ask. There 
was an uncomfortable pause, a clearing of the throat, 
and a few stammered words. I catch up the conversa- 
tion: "Isaac E. Salkinson was a believer. Why do you 
suppose he came to believe in Jesus as Messiah? Was he 
an ignorant man?" 

"No," answers my Jewish friend, "he was one of the 
great Jewish minds. But on this one matter he was in 
error. How could he be right when so many Jews fail 
to agree with him?" 

"Perhaps the reason lies in the fact that he was not 
above reading everything that came to his hand and. 
after carefully studying and weighing the evidence, 
making his decision agree with his findings. He did not 
refuse to read material related to Jesus, the Messiah, as 
many Jews do today, which same Jews claim to be 
'broadminded.' He was not bound by tradition but was 
open to proved fact. When he first found that copy of 
the New Testament he was willing to accept facts. When 
he read of the fulfillment of Isaiah 7:14 — 'Therefore 
the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a vir- 
gin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his 
name Immanuel' — he did not listen to what present-day 



By Bruce L. Button 

Jewish thought had to say concerning the word for 
'virgin.' Rather he listened to the Jew, Matthew, and 
to the Jewish scholars who before the days of Jesus 
translated the Tenach into Greek. These men said the 
Hebrew word 'almah' meant 'virgin' and he accepted 
their word as final, for to him they set forth the real 
meaning of this word for Jews of their time and previous 
to their time. When he read Isaiah 9:6-7 he realized 
that a child was to be born who would be a given son in 
a particular sense, and that this One would be God, the 
Mighty, Father of Eternities, the Prince of Peace. Ac- 
cording to Daniel, the prophet, this One, the Messiah, 
would come among men bejore Jerusalem and the tem- 
ple would be destroyed. Thus Salkinson knew Messiah 
must have come sometime in the past or He could never 
come." 

"But," my Jewish friend asks, "How could he believe 
Jesus was our Messiah?" 

"How could he do this?" I answer. "He looked for 
Messiah's proof marks in the Tenach and compared them 
with the account in the New Testament. He read this 
(I read Isaiah 53:1-10) and then was convinced that 
Messiah had to die for the sin of the people, for his sin. 
He read Zechariah 12:10 and 13:6; then he read in the 
New Testament and found where Jesus used these marks 
to convince Thomas, a righteous Jew, that He was Mes- 
siah. And when he read this, Isaac Salkinson reacted 
the same as Thomas, for he knew the pierced side and 
the wounded hands were the proof that he needed to 
enable him to accept Jesus as his own Messiah and Sav- 
iour and God. Then he was able to consecrate his abOity 
to translate other languages into Hebrew. He trans- 
lated the New Testament into Hebrew and said that his 
ability was his 'alabaster box of precious ointment which 
I pour out in honor of my Saviour, that the fragrance of 
His name may fill the whole house of Israel.' " 

"My friend," I continue, "you should read as this man 
did. Read with a free mind. You need atonement for 
your sins, for God's Word says, 'It is the blood that mak- 
eth an atonement for the soul' and the blood of Jesus the 
Messiah, His Son, cleanseth from all sin." 

"There is the phone," says my Jewish friend. "I must 
ask to be excused. Come back again. Good-by." And 
the door closes. Guess that is about all I can remember 
to note on the card. It's 11:30. Just time to finish the 
block before dinner. It's been a good morning. The Lord 
has blessed. I'll call here next week in the evening. Per- 
haps here is a lost sheep that is ready to come home. 



REPORT FROM PASTOR GERALD POLMAN, YORK, PA. 

We praise the Lord for the fine group of boys and 
girls that meet after school each Wednesday for the 
Happy Hour. Last week there were 60 present for it. 
It is a real opportunity to reach the boys and girls, also 
for contacts in their homes. Pray for the work of the 
Happy Hour with these boys and girls. 



January 17, 1953 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W.. Roanoke 15. Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



Rev. Lee Crist is now pastor of the 
Grafton, W. Va., church and has 
moved to 45 W. St. Charles St., 
Grafton, W. Va. (Change Annual, 
p. 68.) 

Rev. Thomas Hammers, first resi- 
dent pastor at Seattle, has moved to 
6522 35th Ave. NE., Seattle, Wash. 
(Change Annual, p. 69.) 

Mr. and Mrs. Joel Lynch, members 
of the Dayton, Ohio, First church, 
celebrated their 50th wedding anni- 
versary January 6. 

Rev. Alan Metcalf, director of the 
Cleveland (Ohio) Hebrew Society, 
spoke at the Canton, Ohio, church 
January 4. 

Bro. Kenneth Kaster, of Columbia 
City, Ind., formerly of Fort Wayne, 
died November 14. 

Rev. Leslie Hutchinson is pastor- 
ing a church at Gypsum, Colo., 
which is on U. S. Highway 6 about 
144 miles west of Denver. Mission- 
aries or preachers passing that way 
are asked to stop for services, by 
making arrangements ahead of time. 
Address is Box 161, Gypsum, Colo. 
(Change Annual, p. 75.) 

The Hagerstown, Md., church was 
host to the Washington County youth 
rally December 29. Evangelist Wil- 
liam Smith, of Washington, D. C, 
was the speaker and Rev. Charles 
Bergerson, of the host church, was 
in charge of the music. 

At Dryhill, Ky., 43 children at- 
tended the Christmas party and ap- 
preciated the toys and dolls sent to 
them from Brethren people. More 
than 100 people attended the Christ- 
mas program and enjoyed the candy 
given to them by Marion and Mary 
Catherine Hoffman, of Dayton. Ohio. 
Miss Evelyn Fuqua is the missionary 
at this station. 

Rev. Donald W. Rossnian, son of 
Dr. Randall Rossman, has accepted 



the pastorate of the Kittanning, Pa., 
North Buffalo church. His address 
is R. R. 4, Kittanning, Pa. (Add to 
Annual, p. 71.) 

At the Philadelphia, Pa., First 
church Rev. John Neely was in 
charge of the musical portion of the 
New Year's Eve program. This was 
followed by a time of fellowship and 
refreshments. The last part of the 
program was the showing of "The 
Forgotten Navaho" and a message 
by Rev. HUl Maconaghy. 

Bro. J. C. Willingham, of the Osce- 
ola, Ind., church, died January 1. 
Funeral services were conducted by 
his pastor, Rev. Ward Miller. 

The Osceola, Ind., church conduct- 
ed a conference on prophecy and the 
Jew January 4-7 Rev. Sanford C. 
Mills, of Columbus, Ohio, was the 
speaker. 

Bro. William Nichols and Bro. 
John Goss, members of the Wash- 
ington, D. C, church, both died the 
week following Christmas. 




The Phoenix, Ariz., church, pas- 
tored by Rev. J. C. McKillen, set a 
new record the last Sunday of the 
old year with 81 people in the Sun- 
day school. In a Bible award night 
for recitation of Bible verses 13 
awards were given, 6 of them went 
to the Lester Wilhide family. 

Many of the churches are giving 
Bible readers' certificates to those 
people who read through the Bible 
in 1952. It is noted from the bulle- 
tins that many people will receive 
these certificates this year; it is 
hoped that many more will be eligi- 
ble next year for certificates. Now 
is the time to get started with the 
Book of God. 

When 28 people of the Aleppo, Pa., 
church went out to sing Christmas 
carols they had to travel 15 miles to 
sing at 10 homes. 

Bro. Francis Brill, student at Grace 
Seminary, preached at his home 
church, Winchester, Va., December 
28. 

The Clayton, Ohio, church called 
its pastor. Rev. Clair Brickel, to con- 
tinue another year and gave him an 
increase in salary. The church 



elected a committee to begin plans 
for the erection of a Sunday school 
annex. 

Bro. Maurice Banzhaf died De- 
cember 19. He was 75 years of age, 
had been a member of the Philadel- 
phia, Pa., First church for more than 
55 years, and he and Mrs. Banzhaf 
had celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary several months before 
his death. His pastor. Rev. John 
Aeby, was in charge of the funeral 
services. 

At the Harrisburg, Pa., church 122 
people attended the morning service 
and 147 the evening service Decem- 
ber 28 to hear Rev. Nathan Meyer, 
former member of the church, now 
pastor of the Leesburg, Ind., church. 

The Brethren Schools of Long 
Beach, Calif., now employ 18 teach- 
ers and have 400 pupils enrolled. 
Plans are being made to erect the 
6th building for the schools. 

The junior church of the Long 
Beach, Calif., First church was at- 
tended by 114 children on December 
14 and by 106 on December 21. Bro. 
James Crawford is in charge. 

Bro. Richard McNeely, member of 
the Long Beach, Calif., First church, 
is director of the choir of the Dallas 
(Tex.) Bible Institute. 

At Mt. Vernon, Ohio, a Grace Bi- 
ble Class meets each Tuesday eve- 
ning in the armory. Rev. Wesley 
Haller, of the Ankenytown church, 
is the leader. 

Mrs. Sadie Miller, member of the 
Los Angeles, Calif., Fh-st church, ob- 
served her 90th birthday on Decem- 
ber 25. 

Rev. Glenn O'Neal, of Los Ange- 
les, preached the Christmas sermon 
at a meeting of the Southwest Chi- 
ropractic Association. 

Miss Ruth Reddick returned to her 
duties in the office of the Foreign 
Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Church January 6 after a vacation 
and visit in California. 

Rev. and Mrs. Jack B. Churchill, 
of Rio Tercero, Argentina, became 
the parents of a daughter, Margaret 
Loree, December 20. Margaret Lo- 
ree w'as named in honor of her 
grandmothers. 

Plan to attend the Grace Theolog- 
ical Seminary alumni reunion Feb- 
ruary 24-27. It will be a time for 
Bible study and fellowship. 

Brethren historical jnaterial is 
wanted and needed by the editor. 
See Herald for January 3. 



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THEN LOOK UP AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS 

By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, Chairman of Book Club Review Committee 



I 



Many years ago, to an inquiring 
and anxious little group of men, 
Jesus said, "And when these things 
begin to come to pass, then look up, 
and lift up your heads; for your re- 
demption draweth nigh" (Luke 21: 
28). Those words have never been 
recalled. It is this fact that has en- 
couraged the saints homesick for the 
coming of the Lord to see in the 
many momentous events through the 
centuries the token of the near re- 
turn of the Lord. Our times witness 
to more of these events than any 
comparable period of time in all the 
centuries since Christ went back to 
glory. 

Since the Scriptures cannot be 
broken, how much in order it is to 
examine more closely some of the 
rays of light that stream from the 
face of our blessed Lord as revealed 
in the prophetic Word. These great 
Messianic prophecies will most sure- 
ly be fulfilled, and perhaps in our 
day. It is then in order for us to 
know these prophecies and enjoy the 
comfort and consolation they pro- 
vide. 

The first-choice book for February 
is "Rays of Messiah's Glory: Christ 
in the Old Testament," by David 
Baron. This will be sent to club 
members unless they notify the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Com- 
pany otherwise before February 1. 
In case the second choice is desired, 
or some other book listed previously 
in these columns, as a substitute for 
the first-choice book, just write the 
company of this change. 

The second-choice book is "The 
Heir of Redclyffe," by Charlotte 
Young. Reviews of both books follow. 

As a premium for joining the club, 
we offer you your selection of the 
following books: Dr. Florence Crib- 
ble's "Stranger Than Fiction," Dr. 
Andrew Bonar's "The Biography of 
Robert Murray McCheyne," and Dr. 
John R. Rice's "Prayer: Asking and 
Receiving." By ordering one of the 
two books offered for the month of 
February you become a member and 
are entitled to one of the above pre- 
mium books. 

To members of the club who will 
be purchasing books December 
through March, a dividend book will 
be sent — "The Potter and the Shep- 
herd," by J. C. Brumfield. 



"RAYS OF MESSIAH'S GLORY: 
CHRIST IN THE OLD TESTA- 
MENT" 

By David Baron 

The Bible is one book, though it is 
divided into two testaments. In or- 
der to understand either testament 
the student of God's revelation must 
have some knowledge also of the 
other testament, for they are vitally 
joined together. 

The one theme that binds the Old 
and New Testaments together is the 



ter" — is worth the price of the whole 
book. This chapter will help the 
reader understand why there must 
be 4 New Testament Gospels to fully 
tell the story of Christ. Price of 
book is $2.95. — Conard Sandy. 




T)re4Krer\ 

BOOK. 
CIvIXB 



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person and work of the Lord Jesus 
Christ, God's Son and our Saviour. 
One of the most interesting things a 
child of God can do is to trace the 
promises and prophecies concerning 
the Messiah in the Old Testament 
Scriptures and then to see how they 
were fulfilled in the Christ of the 
New Testament. 

Dr. David Baron was such a stu- 
dent. He knew the Christ as his 
own Saviour and he knew the Old 
Testament Scriotures in their orig- 
inal lan<?ua'?e. From that combined 
knowledge he set down in print for 
others the results of many years of 
studv and oreachine of God's Word 
this book — "Ravs of Messiah's Glory: 
Christ in the Old Testament." 

Though this book is scholarly in 
its content, it is simole and olain in 
its nresentstion of great truths. Dr. 
Wilbur M. Smith said in this con- 
nection: "He TBaronl not only had a 
great graso of the Hebrew Scrip- 
tures and entered with finest svm- 
nathv into the mind of the prophets 
of the Old Testament, but he had a 
rorresDondinglv beautiful style. I 
know of no writer today on either 
side of the Atlantic who could write 
on these nrophetic themes with quite 
the oualitv. elee^nce, and penetra- 
tion that David Baron possesses." 

There sre 7 chapters in the book. 
The third chapter — "The Branch, or 
Four Aspects of Messiah's Charac- 



"THE HEIR OF REDCLYFFE" 
By Charlotte Young 

Here is a novel which is more than 
just a story. It is a drama depicting 
life as it really is and as it ought to 
be for the Christian. It is a book 
which should certainly cause the 
reader to walk the path of self- 
examination. 

In the book you will meet a num- 
ber of most interesting characters. 
First of all comes Sir Guy himself, a 
young man of great courage and 
strength of character. It seems to 
have been his chief end in life to live 
for others, even to the extent of lay- 
ing down his life for them, which, 
according to the teaching of Jesus, is 
the greatest evidence of love in the 
heart. 

In complete contrast, we meet 
Philip, a cousin of Sir Guy, whose 
chief end in life seems to be to cast 
reflection on the deeds and motives 
of Sir Guy. If circumstances as they 
came did not work for his end he 
would make his own circumstances 
in order that people might be made 
to doubt the integrity of his cousin. 
His heart filled with hatred was at 
last exposed and we find a mental 
wreck instead of the strong man that 
PhUip could have been. 

Annabel, who became the patient 
and gracious bride of Sir Guy, is 
another great character in our story. 
You will have difficulty holding back 
the tears as you watch her by the 
side of her dying lover. 

This is not a new novel, but has 
recently been condensed for the 
American reader. Its history has 
been most interesting. The great 
Abraham Kuyper called it the means 
of his conversion. About it he wrote 
that it was "the means which broke 
my self-reliant, rebellious heart." 
When a book will do this for a man 
like Kuyper there is no question as 
to the potency of its message. We 
most heartily recommend the book 
to our readers. The book sells for 
$3 a copy. — Blaine Snyder. 



January 17, 1953 



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TRUE HOPE FOR THE WORLD 

By Rev. Russell H. Weber, Harrisburg, Pa. 



(This message first appeared in 
the Evening News, Harrisburg, Pa.) 

This present age is destitute of an 
enduring hope. There are manj' so- 
lutions and cures offered for the ills 
of humanity, but there is little that 
can be seen in our time that forms 
the basis of hope for the future. . . . 
Education, science, invention, pol- 
itics, and such like, have done little 
for man by way of offering real hope. 
It is true that these things have im- 
proved the living conditions of the 
peoples of the earth, but hope has 
fled. A pessimist, you say? Let me 
ask you, who does not have any con- 
cern about our huge national debt? 
Who does not wonder how long it 
will be before we are plunged into 
another global conflict? Who does 
not have any concern about the ris- 
ing trend of socialism and commu- 
nism and wonder how long it wiU 
be before our heritage as a free na- 
tion will fade into oblivion? Is there 
any hope in these things? 

Upon facing such a dark picture 
many will ask: What's the use of 
living, then, if hope has fled? I reply 
there is no use of living except for 
the fact that there is hope, though 
most folks have lost sight of it. True 
hope emanates from God. He offers 
hope to all who will accept His prof- 
fered grace. 

In this materialistic age we need 
to revalue spiritual truths. Our life 
on earth, of whatever duration this 
may be, is but the entrance upon 
either eternal life or eternal death. 



CORRECTION AND 
CLARIFICATION 

There is still some misunder- 
standing concerning how to send 
express and freight to the Breth- 
ren Navaho Mission. The ofRce 
of the Brethren Home Missions 
Council received this information 
this week. Use this address — 

Brethren Navaho Mission, 
Counselor Post, N. Mex. 
c/o San Juan Basin Lines, 
Albuquerque, N. Mex. 

This address should be used for 
any and all shipments by express 
or freight — that is, for anything 
not sent by U. S. mail. 



Money, houses, and lands do not de- 
termine our future state in God's 
eternal ages; faith in the finished 
work of Christ on Calvary's cross is 
the only basis for a real and an 
abiding hope for time and eternity. 

In John 3:36 we see described 2 
classes of people — those who believe 
on the Son and those who do not be- 
lieve on the Son. One group pos- 
sesses eternal life, the other group is 
under the condemnation of God; one 
group has hope, the other is void of 
hope. Those who believe on the Son 
have hope that reaches into the un- 
ending ages of God's eternity, and is 
expressed in I John 3:2 in these 
words: "Beloved, now are we the 
sons of God, and it doth not yet ap- 
pear what we shall be: but we know 
that, when he shall appear, we shall 
be like him; for we sht.ll see him as 
he is." 

Our hope, then, culminates in the 
second coming of Christ, at which 
time we shall be changed into His 
likeness. The Word of God teaches 
that Jesus Christ will return again 
to catch away His own, and that He 
will return also to judge the wicked: 
but God has graciously provided that 
you need not experience the latter 
event — He offers you the hope of 
eternal peace and happiness if you 
will acknowledge the Lord Jesus 
Christ as your personal Saviour. 

This alone is hope for a troubled 
world. 



RALLY TO PROTEST R. S. V. 

Pastors from various churches in 
northern Indiana and southern Mich- 
igan met with members of the sem- 
inary faculty at the Grace Theolog- 
ical Seminary building January 5 
and set up plans to hold a rally to 
register a united protest concerning 
the Revised Standard Version of the 
Bible. Several denominations were 
represented. 

The rally will be held, the Lord 
willing, at the seminary buUding 
Friday, February 6, at 7:30 p. m. 
The speaker is to be Dr. David Otis 
Fuller, pastor of the Wealthy Street 
Baptist Church of Grand Rapids, 
Mich. His theme will be: "The Bi- 
ble—Tested! Tried! Tampered With! 
Triumphant!" Also there will be a 
panel discussion, leaders of which 
will be announced later. 

A steering committee of 5 pastors 
were elected to arrange and carry 
through the rally. Rev. John Balyo, 
of the Bible Baptist Church, Koko- 
mo, Ind., is chairman; Rev. James 
Hammer, of the First Brethren 
Church, Fort Wayne, is secretary- 
treasurer. The members-at-large 
are Rev. Howard Kreider, of the 
Liberty Mills Church of the Breth- 
ren, North Manchester: Rev. Carl 
Brown, of the Immanuel Baptist 
Church, Fort Wayne; and Rev. Mil- 
ton Dowden, of the First Baptist 
Church of Mentone. 



FLYING SEMINAR PLANNED 

The Winona Lake School of Theol- 
ogy is planning its second flying 
seminar to Palestine and other lands 
mentioned in the Bible. The trip 
will be 5 weeks in length, July 25- 
August 29. 

The seminar provides opportunity 
for guided tours and study of both 
Biblical sites and mission fields. 
Credit can also be gained toward a 
degree offered by the Winona Lake 
School of Theology. 



PHILPOTT GOES TO TORONTO 

Dr. P. W. Philpott left the Philpott 
Tabernacle, Hamilton, Ont., to join 
the staff of Dr. Oswald Smith at the 
People's Church in Toronto. Dr. 
and Mrs. Philpott recently celebrat- 
ed their 65th wedding anniversary. 



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PLAN EVANGELISM CONGRESS 

Fifty missionary leaders, pastors, 
and laymen met in Chicago Decem- 
ber 18 to make plans for the 6th 
Congress on Evangelism, to be held 
at Tokyo, Japan, next August 9-17. 

The sponsors of this congress are 
the leaders of the Youth for Christ 
International, under the leadership 
of the president. Dr. Robert A. Cook. 

Several missionary societies al- 
ready working in Japan are loaning 
missionaries to YFC for this congress 
and for the evangelization of Japan 
that is to follow. 

The World Gospel Crusade has 
promised to provide 1,000,000 gospel 
portions to be used in the crusade. 
The Pocket Testament League has 
promised full cooperation. 

Working with Dr. Cook in leading 
in the arrangements are Rev. Hubert 
Mitchell, foreign secretary of YFC, 
and Mr. Ted Engstrom, executive 
secretary of YFC. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 



NEWS 





PRAY FOR THESE SPECIAL MEETINGS 



CHURCHES 



Everett, Pennsylvania 

On November 16 we held our first 
communion service in our church 
building, around new tables, with 70 
people in attendance, most of whom 
participated. 

On December 21 there were 97 
people in Sunday school, 85 in the 
morning worship, and 113 in the eve- 
ning service. At the close of the 
morning message. Pastor Homer 
Lingenfelter gave the invitation and 
9 people presented themselves for 
the Lord's service. 

Bro. Galen Lingenfelter, brother 
of our pastor, preached for us De- 
cember 28. The building fund of- 
fering was $688.71 for the day, which 
is more than we need for our semi- 
annual payment of principal and in- 
terest. 

The speaker on January 4 was 
Bro. Irvin Miller, Winona Lake, Ind. 
There were 98 people present in the 
morning service and 120 in the eve- 
ning. — Fred Bucher, secretary. 

Listie, Pennsylvania 

At the Listie Brethren Church the 
average attendance in the Sunday 
school for the past year was 168 peo- 
ple, with 37 of these not missing a 
Sunday during the year. In addition 
the officers and teachers were faith- 
ful to their duties. 

Several of our people have perfect 
attendance records for a number of 
years: Jack Shaffer for 16 years, 
George Shaffer for 13 years, Mrs. A. 
G. Beech for 12 years, and Ray and 
Eunice Hottle each for 10 years. — 
Russell Beech, Sunday school super- 
intendent. 

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania (Pond 
Bank) 

The Grace Brethren Church is 
growing physically, numerically, and 
spiritually, for which we praise the 
Lord. 

On September 7, 1952, we moved 
from the small garage belonging to 
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cordell, of our 
church, to our partly completed 
building. Since the move our aver- 



Church 



Dates 



Pastor 



Speaker 



Modesto, Calif. 

(La Loma) 

San Bernardino, 

Calif 

Beaumont, Calif. . 
Waynesboro, Pa . . 
Johnstown, Pa. (1) 
Los Angeles, Calif. 

(1st) 

Rittman, Ohio .... 
San Diego, Calif. . 



Jan. 12-18 Harold Painter... Vincent Bennett. 



Jan. 20-Feb. 1. . . Lyle Marvin 

Feb. 1-15 Gene Farrell.... 

Feb. 1-15 Dennis Holliday. 

Feb. 2-15 W. A. Ogden.... 



Feb. 4-5 Glenn O'Neal 

Feb. 4-15 Charles Ashman . . 

Feb. 5-6 Gilbert Eneelman. 



Russell Humberd. 
Bob Munro. 
William Smith. 
Michael Walsh. 

Harold Garner. 
Ding TeulLng. 
Russell Humberd. 



age attendance has increased from 
30 to 70 people. Our record attend- 
ance in November was 78, in De- 
cember it was 74, and on January 4 
it was 71. Already our basement 
quarters are being filled and we are 
looking forward to the completion of 
the church auditorium. 

In addition to prayer we also need 
a piano, chairs, hymnbooks, and 
other things to aid in our work. 

We had a 10-day evangelistic cam- 
paign beginning December 26 under 
the leadership of Rev. Robert Ash- 
man, of Winona Lake, Ind. The Lord 
blessed and 16 people made first- 
time confessions of Christ as Sav- 
iour. During the Happy Hour pe- 
riod which Evangelist Ashman con- 
ducted for the children 11 more souls 
were brought to the Lord for salva- 
tion. In addition to these one woman 
confessed Christ in the home, mak- 
ing a total of 28 decisions for Christ 



Public Confessions 

Alto, Mich 2 

Chico, Calif 3 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) 2 

San Bernardino, Calif 8 

Additions to Membership 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) 7 

Los Angeles, Calif. (First) 10 

New Troy, Mich 3 

Spokane, Wash 4 

Baptisms Not Included in Additions 

Los Angeles, Calif. (First) 3 

Dedication of Babies 

Rittman, Ohio ■ 5 

Washington, D. C 2 

Waterloo, Iowa 7 



during the campaign, besides some 
who came indicating a desire to unite 
with our church. 

The meeting started slow, with 30 
people present, but the number 
gradually increased until we had 117 
people at the closing service. — Ed- 
ward Clark, pastor. 

Rittman, Ohio 

An impressive watch-night service 
was held at the First Brethren 
Church with 75 people present. 
There were games, refreshments, 
and a film— "Bible on the Table." 
These were followed by a candle- 
lighting service and then prayer as 
the old year closed and the new year 
began. 

Our preachers on January 4 were 
Rev. Ralph Colburn, national youth 
director, and Rev. John (Jack) Tee- 
ter, missionary under appointment 
for Brazil. 

In connection with the morning 
service 5 babies ■were dedicated to 
the Lord. The pastor was in charge 
for the dedication of 4 of these chil- 
dren, and Brother Colburn was in 
charge for the 5th dedication, which 
was for the daughter of the pastor 
and Mrs. Ashman. Brother Colburn 
was at one time Mrs. Ashman's pas- 
tor, and he assisted in our wedding. 
— Charles Ashman, pastor. 

Aleppo, Pennsylvania (Sugar Grove) 

We have experienced rich bless- 
ings at the Sugar Grove Union 
Church under the 10-day evangelis- 
tic ministry of Rev. Paul L. Mohler. 
Each evening he brought a surprise 
message to the children and followed 
it with a message from the Word 
that stirred the hearts of the people 
of the community. 

There were some first-time deci- 



January 17, 7953 



45 



Blessed Names of Our Lord 



'By Rev. Charles Ashman, Rittman, Ohio ^ 
III. THE STAR OUT OF JACOB. 



It was a bright, beautiful, miracu- 
lous star which led the eastern wise 
men to see the Christ Child. In fact, 
the heavenly star led to Him whose 
name was "Star." Without a doubt 
Numbers 24:17 — "There shall come a 
Star out of Jacob" — refers propheti- 
cally to our Lord. Peter calls Him 
"the day star" who arises in men's 
hearts (II Pet. 1:19). John says 
Christ is "the morning star" and 
"the bright and morning star" (Rev. 
2:28: 22:16). The "Star out of Jacob," 
the "day star," the morning star," 
and the "bright and morning star" — 
to what do all these similar names 
point? 

Astrologers tell us that stars are 
symbols of power. But more than 
that they are givers of light. Christ 
claimed of Himself: "I am the light 
of the world." In Him is life and 
that life is the light of men. Men 
today are searching the heavens for 
answers to personal and public prob- 
lems — but they fail to find the an- 
swers. Oh, that they might look 



unto the "Star out of Jacob," for He 
alone can lead out of sin and dispel 
its darkness. 

Christian in distress or trouble, 
going through "the valley of the 
shadow of death," look up! There 
shines the Day Star to cheer you on 
your way. Does the future look 
black and drear? Look up, for the 
Morning Star shines to lead you on 
your way. Yes, He — the Bright and 
Morning Star — will soon appear in 
power and in great glory. We must 
ever keep our hearts and our hopes 
fixed on this truth and on this Star — 
our Lord, our Light, and our Salva- 
tion. 

The Star of Jacob's seed appears 

To save men from their sin. 
Our Day Star wipes away all tears 

And draws us close to Him. 
He is the promised Morning Star, 

Who daily lights our way; 
He's coming soon — Bright Morning 
Star — 

To take us home for aye. 



sions for Christ. The spirit of co- 
operation is still present since the 
meetings. 

We preach there only 1 Sunday a 
month, though some of the people 
attend Sunday evening services at 
our Aleppo church. We are plan- 
ning a Bible study class and a choir 
for the church. 

This church surprised the pastor 
and his wife with Christmas gifts — a 
suit of clothes for the pastor and 
several gifts for his wife. — Fred Wm. 
Walter, pastor. 



paign. One man 79 years old and 
another 67 years old accepted Christ 
as Saviour. Several high-school- 
age young people also accepted the 
Lord. 

The number of people in attend- 
ance gradually increased from 40 on 
the first night to an average of 135 
for the last few nights. — Paul L. 
Mohler, evangelist. 



Spending 10 days, December 1-10, 
with Rev. and Mrs. Fred Walter at 
Aleppo, was very profitable to me. 
The Walters are hard workers, mak- 
ing many sacrifices to serve in this 
small community in 2 small churches. 
They have been here more than 6 
years presenting the Gospel to the 
people. 

Sugar Grove is about 6 miles from 
Aleppo. Brother Walter drove his 
car many miles to get the people to 
come under the sound of the Gospel. 

God answered prayer in this cam- 



STAFF CHANGES AT MOODY 

Mr. Philip R. Newell was recently 
aoDointed dean of student affairs at 
Moodv Bible Institute. Prior to the 
aopointment he had been dii'ector of 
the correspondence school, a part of 
the institute's teaching ministry. 

Mr. Harold Shaw was appointed to 
succeed Newell in the correspond- 
ence school. Shaw had been an an- 
nouncer on radio station WMBI, the 
Moody station. The correspondence 
school now offers 20 courses and has 
more than 10.000 students enrolled 
in all parts of the world. 



ENGLAND NEEDS THE GOSPEL 

Rev. and Mrs. Arthur Nickel, of 
the Sunnyside, Wash., church and 
now superintendents of the Child 
Evangelism Fellowship in the British 
Isles, wrote of their appreciation of 
the Brethren Missionary Herald and 
then added some things of interest 
and concern about conditions in 
England. Among other things they 
wrote: 

"In the month of October . . . we 
visited a church in that city [Man- 
chester] seating 1,700 people and at 
the present time there are only about 
40 people present for the worship 
service. This is only one of the 
many which need help and trained 
workers for their Sunday school. 

"We have just finished a 4-day 
children's campaign in the heart of 
London. The attendance has been 
at an average of 160 each evening, 
with 52 children having accepted 
Christ as their personal Saviour. . . . 

"Only 8 percent of the people in 
Britain have any connection with 
the church. This makes the spir- 
itual outlook very dark. Two of the 
leading missionary societies have 
gone bankrupt in the last few 
months: one with a $12,000 debt, and 
the other with a $30,000 debt. Few 
people are shaken by real heart- 
stirring messages. Giving to a faith 
work is almost nil. We covet your 
earnest prayers on behalf of the chil- 
dren that they may be led to Christ, 
and prepared for greater things for 
the Lord than the present genera- 
tion." 

Brethren, this is further evidence 
that the responsibility of taking the 
Gospel to all parts of the world is 
the work of Christians in the United 
States of America. Believers in 
other lands in the main are either 
too poor or too few to longer support 
missionary works beyond the con- 
fines of their own homelands. 

This information ought to urge 
every member of the Brethren 
Church to more faithful praying and 
giving for the missionary program 
being sponsored by the denomina- 
tion under the direction of the For- 
eign Missionary Society of the Breth- 
ren Church. The condition that pre- 
vails in England is all too prevalent 
in many other countries. (See state- 
ment of similar situation in France 
in the Herald for January 3.) 

"Nevertheless," asked the Lord 
Jesus, "when the Son of man cometh, 
shall he find faith on the earth?" 
(Luke 18:8). 



46 



The Brethren Missionary Herald 






Brethren Girl Works in North Coroh'na 



B4 'Palph CoKxjrr^ 

IT'S AN IDEA! 

Now that your new year is begun, 
why not set aside a time one Sunday 
each month for an officers' meeting 
for your BYF. This could be held 
an hour before BYF, and all officers 
and advisers should be present. 
Plans can be discussed, and ideas 
worked out, to keep your BYF on 
the beam. A buffet lunch might en- 
hance the program, and help the of- 
ficers to appreciate their privileges 
and responsibilities! 

As a youth group, subscribe to 
magazines such as Young Life, 
Youth for Chi-ist, and Youth News- 
ette and keep them around your 
BYF meeting room, with the name 
of your group on them. Early ar- 
rivals might enjoy reading them. Or 
you might get some good ideas and 
information from them for your 
meetings. Or you might have a 
good, live-wire reporter glean them 
for outstanding, interesting items to 
be used in a regular Christian news- 
cast. Old copies might be filed in 
your library. Keep only current 
copies in your meeting room. 

Appoint a "servicemen's secretary" 
to keep in touch with all the boys 
from your church who are in the 
armed forces, and provide him, or 
her, postage to send to your boys 
each week a church calendar, a copy 
of your Sunday school paper, and 
notes from or about your young peo- 
ple. Occasionally try to get all the 
kids to write a short note, on a spe- 
cial paper, to your service fellows. 
No fooling, they need and deserve 
this consideration. Be sure to check 
with your pastor to see that you are 
not duplicating activities here. 



NEWS NOTES 

Young people of the West Tenth 
Street Brethren Church in Ashland, 
Ohio, are really "going to town" in 
a new activity program. Every other 
Saturday night they enjoy "club 
night" with games, devotions, and 
refreshments; and every other Sun- 
day night they have a sing time after 
church at someone's home. These 
are in addition to their regular BYF 



Miss Bertha 

Kuhn poses 

heside "helps" 

she uses in a 

television 

program. 



Miss Bertha Kuhn is an Ohio girl 
who is now serving the Lord in 
North Carolina, where at the pres- 
ent time the Brethren denomination 
does not have a single church. 

She became acquainted with the 
Lord Jesus Christ and accepted Him 
as her personal Saviour at the Ster- 
ling, Ohio, church under the minis- 
try of Dr. Paul R. Bauman, who was 
pastor of this church during his sem- 
inary days. Miss Kuhn later united 
with this church and is still a mem- 
ber there. 

When Bertha Kuhn came to the 
Lord she came not only for salvation 
but also for service. For the past 8 
years that service has been in inter- 
denominational work. 

At the present time she is director 
of Guilford County (N. C.) Child 
Evangelism Fellowship. She helps 
in the training program for the 40 
active Bible teachers who are reach- 
ing 12,000 children weekly with the 
Gospel. 

Since May 1952 Bertha has been 




o/'BRETNREN (V0RKER5 




telling the Bible stories on the Tele- 
vision Chapel (WFMY-TV each 
Sunday at 1 p. m., channel 2) at 
Greensboro, N. C. This program has 
been on this station for more than 2 
years and is one of the most viewed 
programs on the channel. 

The fellowship also has a weekly 
radio broadcast in which Miss Kuhn 
has a very active part (WGBG each 
Saturday at 9:30 a. m.). On this pro- 
gram, as on the television program, 
children from the various churches 
and classes of the county are often 
used as active participants. 

Miss Kuhn says: "I thank the Lord 
for the Brethren Church and its tes- 
timony, message, and zeal in mis- 
sionary work." 



meetings preceding the Sunday night 
service, which have jumped in at- 
tendance to 30 and more. 

Much of the New Year's Eve serv- 
ice at our church in Wooster, Ohio, 
was led by the young people, with 2 
of the fellows, Richard Holmes and 
George Johnson, bringing short mes- 
sages. A Christian film, a baptismal 
service, and an informal fellowship 
hour helped complete the program. 

Ninety young people and adults 
crowded into the Etlings' home at 
Akron, Ohio, following Christmas 
caroling the Sunday before Christ- 
mas. Refreshments and fellowship 



were enjoyed by this more-than- 
capacity crowd. The young people, 
with the choir, had presented a 
beautiful Christmas cantata at the 
evening service that same night. 

Beginning this month, a complete 
party plan will be included with each 
month's BYF program materials. A 
Valentine party will be the first one, 
and it's in the mail now, with a num- 
ber of program aids, to all pastors 
and BYF advisers whose names have 
been reported. Rev. and Mrs. Har- 
old Etling have been very helpful in 
the providing of this new social fea- 
ture. 



January 17, 7953 



47 



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jtev. and i.rs. iSlaine Snyder 
Ifinona Lake, Ind. 



IS THERE ANY PRICE ON IT? 



"Where did the fu'st man come 
from, Mama? How did he get born?" 
Kent was in his pajamas, standing on 
his head, as he asked this question, 
which gave Mother a little breathing 
time in which she could collect her 
thoughts. Dorotheann and Mother 
had prepared the babies for bed, 
then turned their attention to clean- 
ing the upstairs while the little ones 
played in the girls' bedroom. 

"God made the fii'st man and all 
people after him. Do you remember 
the first man's name?" 

"No ma'am. You tell me." 

"His name was Adam, Kent. You'd 
think a 5-year-old boy would know 
that by this time," a disgusted older 
sister interjected. 

"Well, I'm not as old as you, 
Smarty. Anyway, I asked Mama." 

"Now children," Mother soothed, 
"let's talk as Christians should. 
Adam was the name of the first man, 
dear. God made Adam perfect and 
put him in the Garden of Eden with 
Eve, the first woman. They were 
very happy there until Satan tempt- 
ed them to sin. Then when they 
disobeyed God He had to put them 
out of the beautiful garden. Be sure 
to get those baseboards dusted well, 
Dorotheann. Get behind that high- 
boy, too. You can reach it better 
than Mother. I'm getting all the 
high spots. Where all the dust comes 
from I'll never know." 

"When we die our bodies will turn 
to dust, won't they?" The little 
voice came from underneath the bed 
this time. Kent was hu.ating for his 
ball. "How many matters can he 
have on his mind at one time?" 
Mother asked herself. A ball, and 
our bodies turning to dust when we 
die! 

"Come out from under the bed if 
you really want an answer." 

"I can hear you. Mama. It's fun 
under here. I just love to scare 
Althea." 

"You can't scare me. I know 
you're there. Jesus is going to give 
us a new body someday. Will I be a 
boy then?" The 3 year-old package 
of "dynamite" was draped over her 



bed trying to catch hold of her 
brother's foot. 

"No, Althea, you'll not be a boy 
when the Lord Jesus Christ changes 
our bodies. But your body will be 
perfect, with no sickness ever, and 
best of all, no sin." With a sigh of 
longing for this knowledge and hope 
to become a fact, Mother polished 
the floor a bit harder as she hummed, 
"O Lord Jesus, how long, how long 
ere we shout the glad song, Christ 
returneth! Hallelujah! hallelujah! 
Amen! Hallelujah! Amen." 

Seated now on the bed with a most 
beguiling expression on his little 
face, Kent propounded his final 



?A1^S0NAGE 
I^OOF 



■BY- 




A/rs. J?o6er/A////er 



question of the evening. "Mama," 
his eyes were thoughtful and trust- 
ing, "is there any price on it? I mean 
how much will it cost for us to get 
a nev.' body?" 

"Nothing," came the too-quick an- 
swer. "Our new bodies will cost us 
nothing. Money could never buy 
what only God could do for man- 
kind. Jesus paid it all." 

Suddenly the awful cost of her 
salvation swept over Mother. Work 
stopped as she gathered 4 of her 
jewels around her on the bed. "Kent, 
there is a price on our new boc'i3s. 
But the price is not money. The 
price was the broken body and shed 
blood of the Lord Jesus. In Old 
Testament times people shed the 
blood of bulls and goats which iust 
covered their sins until God, in "the 
fulness of the time . . . sent forth his 
Son" (Gal. 4:4), the Lord Jesus 
Christ, to die for your sin. You can't 
understand all about that price yet, 
little fellow. You are a little young 
yet to comprehend the enoiTnity of 
the price. Mommie doesn't under- 
stand the fullness of that price 



either," came the added thought. 
"All I can tell you is what you've 
already heard — Jesus died on the 
cross to save us from our sins. He 
paid the price of our salvation. Now 
you tell me what we must do in 
order to be saved." 

"I know," Sharon almost shouted. 
" 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, 
and thou shalt be saved.' Ha, I beat 
you that time, Paul Kent." 

"I know that verse, too. I don't 
care that you beat me. I'm tired. 
And I'm saved, too. I believe that 
Jesus died for me and I love Him." 

Sweeping a very precious little 
boy up in her arms. Mother carried 
him to his bed in the "boys' dormi- 
tory" under this roof. She gave the 
little lad an extra kiss and hug. Kent 
didn't understand his mother's heart 
as she held him close. So many les- 
sons I've learned from these precious 
children, she thought. A new ap- 
preciation of the words of the Lord 
Jesus was hers. He said, "Verily I 
say unto you, Except ye be convert- 
ed, and become as little children, ye 
shall not enter into the kingdom of 
heaven" (Matt. 18:3). What Kent 
knows and has already experienced 
of salvation at the tender age of 5 is 
greater wisdom than all the philo- 
sophical cogitations of men. Natural 
man cannot think in terms of God's 
ways because "the natural man re- 
ceiveth not the things of the Spirit of 
God: for they are foolishness unto 
him: neither can he know them, be- 
cause they are spiritually discerned" 
(I Cor. 2:14). 

The price of salvation for you was 
enormous. WUl you become as a 
little child and accept that salvation 
which is so freely offered, j'et which 
cost the Son of God His very life's 
blood? "Behold, now is the day of 
salvation" (II Cor. 6:2). 



BUDGET FOR 1953 INCREASED 

The American Bible Society has 
released its budget for 1953. It to- 
tals $3,166,000, the largest in the his- 
tory of the society. This budget was 
presented and explained to the ad- 
visory council in its annual meeting 
in New York recently. The council 
voted to adopt it. 

In explaining the reason for the 
greatly increased budget at this time 
it was pointed out that the principal 
reason was "the increased distribu- 
tion of Scriptures among the armed 
forces" of the United Nations, espe- 
cially those now engaged in the war 
in Korea. 



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r/ie Brethren Missionary Herald 



January 17, 1953 



Educational Number 




Vol. 15, No. 4— January 24, 19; 



WHAT 

GOD 

HATH 

WROUGHT 




The First Meeting Place- 
Akron, Ohio, 1937 




THROUGH 

YOUR 

PRAYERS 

AND GIFTS 



The First Graduating Class — 1938 



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T/ie iVeto Building — Winona Lake, Ind. — Dedicated 1951 




The Graduates of the Seminary and Collegiate Division — 1952 






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EDITORIALS 



By Paul R. Bauman, Vice President 



Do You "Send Forth Labourers"? 

By the time this issue of the Herald reaches you, some 
will have given their annual offering for the work of 
Grace Seminary: others will be giving theirs in a few 
days. What have YOU done? Jesus said, "Pray ye 
therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth 
labourers into his harvest" (Matt. 9:38). Yet the Bible 
recognizes the necessity for a proper balance between 
prayer and work, for we also read. "How shall they hear 
without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except 
they be sent?" (Rom. 10:14-15). It is evident that the 
man who fulfills the Lord's commands will not only pray, 
but he will also pay. He will pay for the separation and 
training of preachers, and he will pay to send them 
forth "into his [the Lord's] harvest." Christian, are you 
doing both? 



Do You Need Monthly Plan Envelopes? 

Pastors, now is a good time to check up and see if 
your supply of the little yellow packets of envelopes for 
the monthly finance plan is exhausted. If so, a post card 
addressed to the seminary will bring as many as you re- 
quest. Write us now if you need them. And here's a 
suggestion to those of you who have an ample supply. 
Keep the packets up to date by rearranging them so that 
each packet begins with the current month. 



The Second Annual Alumni Conference 

Whether you are a former student of Grace Theolog- 
ical Seminary or not, you are cordially invited to attend 
the alumni conference which is to be conducted at the 
seminary February 24-27 inclusive. See the alumni page 
for a more detailed announcement of the program. Pas- 
tors, for your own spiritual needs and for the benefit to 
your ministry, you need this conference. Plan to attend. 



Important Notice to All Pastors and Laymen 

The seminary's February issue of the Herald will be 
devoted almost exclusively to an evaluation and analysis 
of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible. This re- 
vision has been the subject of much controversial dis- 
cussion and editorial comment throughout the country 
since it was introduced by its publishers. Every Chris- 
tian should be informed concerning this Bible and its 
dangers. In the issue for February 28 each member of 
the seminary faculty will contribute an article dealing 
with some special phase of the problem. To care for the 
added number of articles the seminary section of the 



magazine will be increased in size, and extra copies will 
be printed. Because of the importance of the subject 
the magazine should be circulated far and wide. 
Churches or individuals desiring extra copies may ob- 
tain them by writing to the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Company, Winona Lake, Ind. Orders must reach their 
ofiice not later than February 14. The price for extra 
copies is 5c a copy for single copies and 3c a copy when 
10 or more copies are included in one order to be sent 
to one address. 



Our Cover Pictures 

Fifteen years of God's blessing and provision for Grace 
Theological Seminary are depicted briefly but eloquently 
on the front of the magazine this week. From the first 
quarters in the First Brethren Church of Aki-on, Ohio, to 
the lovely new building and campus valued at a half 
million dollars, and from the first graduating class of 3 to 
the most recent combined graduating classes of 33, there 
has been a steady growth. The pictures are emblematic 
of what God hath wrought through your prayers and 
gifts. And, by the way, lest you failed to recognize them, 
the 1938 graduating class was composed of Robert Miller, 
now pastor of the Ghent Brethren Church, of Roanoke, 
Va.; Kenneth Ashman, now pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Wooster, Ohio; and Russell Williams, now 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of Yakima, Wash. 



/.overs of Pleasure 

Among the signs that are to characterize the last days, 
just before the return of Jesus Christ to this world, is 
that described in II Timothy 3:2-4: "Men shall be . . . 
lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God." This lust 
for pleasure is to be world-wide. Little comment is nec- 
essary about it in the United States, with its multiplied 
thousands of theaters, roadhouses, amateur and profes- 
sional sports of all kinds, radio and television programs, 
etc., etc. The significant fact is the presence of reports 
that constantly come to us from other countries, some of 
which were poverty-stricken as a result of World War 
II. In Italy, for example, educators are disturbed by the 
report that Italians spent $120 million on amusements in 
1950 — just twice what they spent before the war. Enter- 
tainment spending in 1950, plus $64 million spent on 
gambling, added up to more than aU Italy spent during 
the same year on rent. Christian people ought to watch 
the extent to which they permit themselves to be carried 
away by the spirit of a pleasure-mad age. Ai-e any of 
these pleasures robbing you of the time you ought to be 
using in the service of your Lord? 



.V, ^ ?^^^^^,J^^^^J'~'^^^^ HERALD: Entered as second class matter April 16. 1943, at the post office at Winona Lalce. Ind., under 
tne act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake, Ind. Subscription price, $2.00 a year; 100- 
percent churches. $1.50; foreign. $3.00. Board of Directors: Arnold Kriegbaum. President; Robert D. Crees. Vice President; Walter A. Lepp. 
secretary; OrdGehrrian, Treasurer; Bryson C. Fetters. Member at Large to Executive Committee; Herman A. Hoyt, S. W. Link. Mark Malles. 
Robert E. A. Miller. William H. Sehaffer, Clyde Balyo. 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



SEMINARY NEWS 



By Bill Burk 




CHAPEL MESSAGES 

December 20. Classes were shifted to allow the spe- 
cial Christmas chapel service to occupy the final hour 
before noon — the final hour of school at Grace Seminary 
for 1952. In presenting the speaker 
for the hour our president ex- 
pressed his appreciation for each of 
the members of the faculty and his 
pleasure in the realization that each 
has a pure message to deliver when 
asked to speak. We agreed and 
then partook of an excellent meal 
from the Word delivered by our 
beloved Prof. Herbert Bess. It was 
a Christmas message, of course, 
and, as would be expected from the 
Hebrew professor, was from the prophetical pages of the 
Old Testament. 

January 6. The first chapel service of the new year 
was one of wide blessing both in relation to time and 
theology. It included all of time (past, present, and fu- 
ture) and centered around the "Threefold Ministry of 
Christ" (prophetic, priestly, and kingly). Rev. H. B. 
Centz, friend of the seminary and president of Grace 
Institute for Biblical Education in Oklahoma City, was 
the speaker. His final exclamation, after speaking of the 
symbols on the Grace Theological Seminary seal, was a 
tribute to our Lord, "the King of kings and Lord of 
lords." 

January 7. In the praise and prayer chapel service the 
items of praise were varied and Christ-honoring. Four 
of the graduating seniors expressed appreciation for 
their years at Grace. "One doesn't know how little one 
knows until he's a senior," says Sib Edmiston, of Long 
Beach. There was praise for the varied opportunities 
for witnesisng which occurred during Christmas vaca- 
tion, such as witnessing in local jails, to a former bus- 
iness partner, home-town churches, etc. All in all, it 
was the feeling of most students that though there 
weren't many presents, it was the best Christmas yet. 

CHICKENPOX 

To have chickenpox is bad enough, but to have it on 
Christmas is terrible. Nevertheless such was the fate of 
members of at least 4 local families this year. Those 
stricken included children of students, professors, alumni 
and church members. But the Lord blessed in spite of 
the "spots" and no serious after-effects followed. 

SEMINARY SIDELIGHTS 

Dennis Price, of Long Beach, watched disgustedly as 
the indicator on the heat gauge of his big Cadillac moved 
into the boiling range one morning when the tempera- 
ture outside hit zero! How can these things be? Oh the 
ignorance of a Calif ornian! 

Leonard Meznar, of Cleveland, Ohio, stumbled into 
the building one cold Indiana morning with crimson 
cheeks and ears but with a warm cap — his close-cut 
black hair. Doesn't he know it's cold here when one 
year gives way to another? 

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We were amazed to learn that Russ Irwin was living 
at Winona Lake 4 days a week and spending the other 3 
with his medical-student wife a couple hundred mUes 
away in Indianapolis. However, this seems mild along- 
side of the handsome professor who gave a ring at 
Christmas to a young lady who is spending the winter 
2,000 miles away in California. Congratulations, Pro- 
fessor Whitcomb. 

NEWS FOR THE CENSUS TAKER 

I'm sure all will agree that the families receiving the 
most precious Christmas gifts were the Russell Sarvers 
and the Wallace Geigers. Sandra Dawn Sarver, weigh- 
ing 7 pounds, arrived December 11, and Nancy Joy 
Geiger, weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces, arrived Decem- 
ber 18. 

WOMEN IN THE NEWS 

Mrs. Florent Toirac, returned missionary from Haiti, 
presently engaged in child evangelism in the public 
schools, and student here at Grace, was the Seminary 
Women's Fellowship speaker for December. Before 
giving her suggestions to pastors' wives on their work 
with children of the church, Mrs. Toirac stressed first 
being personally right with God and second, proper 
training of those in your own household before attempt- 
ing to work with the children of others. Children wUl 
know if you're not practicing what you teach and why 
should you expect other children to believe and obey 
what your own children give no evidence of believing. 

As a children's worker, whether in a denominational 
or interdenominational work, Mrs. Toirac warned that 
we're certain to be faced with the statement that chil- 
dren are too young to understand. A child as young as 
2 is taught to believe in Santa Claus but a chUd of 3 or 4 
times that age is regarded as too young to understand 
anything of the Bible. Mrs. Toirac pointed out a verse 
of Scripture that not only answers this argument but 
could well make seminary parents stop and think — Isaiah 
28:9, "Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall 
he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned 
from the milk, and drawn from the breasts." 

WHITE CHRISTMAS 

Although some of the students from the west coast 
were disappointed because there was no snow for Christ- 
mas, those students living close enough to go to homes of 
friends and relatives were most grateful at not having 
to slip and slide the mUes from Grace to their destina- 
tions. The weather during the 2 weeks of vacation, 
though cold, was mostly free from snow and ice. Inci- 
dentally, as school reconvened, the swans were still out 
on the lake — in fact, they were walking on it! 




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ETWEEN ANTIQUE BOOK COVERS 



By Rev. Ben Hamilton 




Rev. and Mrs. Ben Hamilton examine rare volumes in ths library at Grace Theological Seminary. 



Grace Seminary library is a storehouse of surprises in 
the field of unusual books. This was brought home to 
me when, while seeking research materials on Isaiah, I 
noticed an old book bound with a colorful old illumi- 
nated manuscript. The Latin letters were in Gothic 
characters, similar to modern Old English. Inspection 
of the book's contents made it plain that here was an 
unusually interesting antique book. It was 

Sebastian Munster's "Commentary on Isaiah" 

Munster (1498-1552) entered the Franciscan Order of 
the Catholic Church and became a follower of Luther in 
1529, teaching in the University of Basle (Switzerland) 
from 1536 to 1552. He was the first German to edit the 
Hebrew Bible. Between 1534 and 1540 Munster's vari- 
ous commentaries on Old Testament books appeared 
from the press of Heni'ichum Petrum in Basle. The fact 
that the seminary library copy bears Henrichum Pet- 
rum's imprint suggests that this is a 16th-century print- 
ing. The book has Massoretic Hebrew and Septuagint 
Greek texts of Isaiah in parallel columns on the right- 
hand pages and Sebastian Munster's commentary, ac- 
companied by another one, in 2 columns on the left- 
hand page. 

John Biixtorj's "Tiberias" 

Though of slight interest today, this book, when pub- 
lished in 1620, set off a very hot theological and scholas- 
tic argument among Hebrew scholars. John Buxtorf 
the elder (born 1564) was the fii-st Protestant to study 
rabbinical writings. Bu.xtorf had such a "profound and 
extensive knowledge of rabbinical books, that he was 
frequently consulted by Jews themselves on matters 
relating to their ceremonial law. Probably no Protes- 
tant scholar ever possessed so complete a knowledge of 
. . . the rabbinical writings as Buxtorf. . . ." 

Buxtorf's "Tiberias" was so named because it dealt 
with the grammatical work of an early school of Jewish 
scholars located at Tiberias. In the book Buxtorf main- 
tained that the Hebrew vowel points (added in the 5th 
century and later by Jewish scholars called the Massor- 
etes) were divinely inspired and of an early age. Cap- 
pellus, a famed 16th century theologian, said the vowel 
points were of late origin and not divinely inspu-ed. 
Buxtorf tried to get Cappellus not to publish such state- 
ments but Cappellus did. Buxtorf the elder never re- 



plied, but John Bu.xtorf, Jr., later replied in sharp lan- 
guage and argued that if the Hebi-ew vowel points did 
not date to the time of Moses they dated to Ezi-a's tune 
and had the authority of divine inspiration. To this day 
most Hebrew students agree with Cappellus rather than 
with the Buxtorfs. 

The seminary library copy has the date MDCXX 
(1620), suggesting that the copy might be a first edition. 

Bibles and Portions 

These include a 1635 printing of the Hebrew Bible 
edited by the great 17th-century rabbi and Jewish 
scholar, Manasseh ben Israel. The Bible has vowel points, 
but there are no chapter and verse divisions. There is also 
a 1683 printing of the Septuagint (Greek Old Testament) 
from an Amsterdam press. The library also has a 1615 
edition of the King James Bible, with "Booke of Com- 
mon Prayer" and Bible concordance printed in 1619. 

Recently in sorting some books to be cataloged I 
found a vest pocket John printed in English and a 
strange language. Investigation showed that it was a 
John printed in English and Mohawk Indian. The sem- 
inary copy is the 1804, or fii'st printing, of the fii'st 
translation ever printed and issued by the British For- 
eign and Missionary Society. The translating was done 
by an Indian. 

1658 Vulgate 

This is the Latin Bible made by Jerome in the 4th and 
5th centuries. This is the officially approved edition of 
the Bible endorsed by the Catholic Church. The sem- 
inary library's 1658 Vulgate is interesting for it is the 
disputed amended edition which Pope Clement VIII 
issued but which was a spurious version of Pope Sixtus 
V's edition. 

Impure texts of the Vulgate freely circulated in the 
16th century. So in 1587 Pope Si.xtus V commissioned 
some scholars to purify the Vulgate text. Their result 
was published in 1590, the year Sixtus V died. Other 
scholars influenced succeeding popes to decree the 1590 
(true Si.xtus V's) edition unofficial until textual errors 
were corrected. "Finally Clement VIII in 1592 pub- 
lished this amended work of Si.xtus V, affirming in the 
preface, contrary to the facts of history, that it was the 
edition of Sixtus V." In those days copyrights could not 
be had to assure purity of Bible version texts (as done 



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with the Revised Standard Version of 1952) but by 
means of strict censorship by the Roman hierarchy the 
text of Clement VIII's edition of Sixtus V's version of 
Jerome's translation of the Bible has been kept un- 
corrupted (?). 

Dr. Paul Bauvian's Luther Commentary and Sower Bible 

It is hoped that eventually the seminary library will 
have a glass case to display its antique books. When the 
case is obtained, Dr. Paul Bauman plans to loan Grace 
Seminary library 2 unique books. 

The first is the 1559 printing of the 12th volume of 
Martin Luther's 20-volume work published in Witten- 
berg during 1539-1559, by order of John Frederick, elec- 
tor of Saxony. The 12th volume, which Dr. Bauman 
owns, has Luther's commentary on Galatians and Eccle- 
siastes plus many of Luther's anti-papal and anti-Cath- 
olic polemic writings. 

The title page of this thick book, printed on large 
pages in big type, is printed in red and black ink. There 



is a cut which shows Luther and a colleague worshiping 
a crucified Christ. This 1559 printing may be a first edi- 
tion of the work. The cover is tooled veUum and the 
volume is held shut by means of metal clasps. 

The other item is a Chi'istopher Sower Bible, first 
printed in Germantown, Pa., in 1743. It was printed in 
German by means of type cast in a matrix forged at 
Sower's machine shop by one of Sower's employees. The 
Sower Bible was printed 40 years "before Robert Aitken 
published the first English Bible in America." The 
Sower Bible is of particular interest due to Christopher 
Sower's prominence in the early Germantown Dunkard 
congregation. 

Thus it can be seen that the seminary library is not as 
big as the Library of Congress (what, then, would Mrs. 
Hamilton and I do?), yet the library can supply users of 
it with much of historical value in Biblical fields. More 
than one seminary student, gathering material for a 
critical monograph, has been surprised to find very use- 
ful research books on the shelves. 




WHY I AM INTERESTED 
IN GRACE SEMINARY 

By Rev. Walter A. Lapp 
Pastor, Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md. 



Quits frequently this pastor has been asked: "Why 
the interest in Grace Seminary? Are there not other 
good Christian seminaries and colleges? Furthermore 
you are not even a graduate of Grace, are you?" 

What a joy and pride it is in a time like that to answer 
something like this: "No, it has not been my privilege to 
attend Grace Seminary. I wish, though, it would have 
been. And let me tell you just why I encourage not 
only my own young people to attend Grace but young 
people of other denominations as well. 

"First of all, Grace Seminary from its very beginning 
has been missionary-conscious. It has therefore spe- 
cialized in this field and it is no wonder that consecrated 
young people thoroughly prepared for the particular task 
of taking the Gospel to the unconverted everywhere 
graduate from Grace. And believe you me, this is not 
just hearsay. The first 2 young people to go as mission- 
aries from the Hagerstown church were also the first 2 
young people from the same church to attend Grace. 
You see, it really works, for now these 2 young people. 
Rev. and Mrs. Carson Rottler, are missionaries in Argen- 
tina. Isn't it just thrilling that the prayers and gifts 
made to Grace Theological Seminary are contributions 
to the wishes of the Lord Jesus Christ when He said, 
'Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every 
creature.' 

"But this is not all, by any means. Grace Theological 
Seminary is distinctly a Brethren institution. All the 
great doctrines of the Christian faith, which include the 
practices of the Brethren Church, have been written into 
its charter and can never be 'changed or diminished.' If 
I didn't believe as pastor what Grace Seminary stands 



for and teaches, I would most certainly resign as a 
Brethren pastor immediately. But since I do believe 
what Grace stands for, and since I do believe that its 
message is the message America particularly needs in 
these apostate days, I rejoice in directing young people 
to Grace Seminary. I know that they will graduate 
with a holy zeal for the lost souls of men. They will 
either go as missionaries abroad, or they will be mission- 
aries here at home. And the need for well-prepared 
missionaries and pastors and evangelists here at home is 
right now the greatest in the history of our great nation. 
We must have men and women with a real conviction 
and a thorough knowledge of the Word of God. Grace 
Seminary produces men and women just like that. The 
Hagerstown church has 2 other young people now in 
training at Grace, and they are thrilled with the training 
they are receiving. They are anxiously awaiting grad- 
uation day, when they can join the ranks of others who 
have become flaming evangels for Christ. 

"As pastor, I can clearly see what Grace Seminary 
means to the church in which I am privileged to minis- 
ter. I can see what it means to the future welfare of the 
Brethren Church. It is its very life and guarantee that 
there will be a strong church tomorrow and until Christ 
returns. 

"You are right! I have not attended Grace Seminary. 
But I certainly wish I might have that privilege. How- 
ever, since that seems to be quite impossible at such a 
late stage in my life, the very least I can do is to pray, 
to give, and to urge all who can attend to take advantage 
of one of the greatest opportunities that can possibly 
come to a Christian young person." 



January 24, 1953 



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WE ALSO HAVE BENEFITED FROM YOUR GIFTS 

- Note: Sovie may not have realized the extent to which their gifts for the seminary have helped some other 
aspects of our Brethreii work. This page presents for the first time pictures of some of the offices which are in the 
seminary building, hut which care for the needs of other boards. In addition to these offices the building is home 
to the Winona Lake Brethren Church. While there is no charge to any of the boards or to the local church for 
their quarters, each of them makes some contribution to the school every year. Office space has been provided 
without any cost to the Brethren Youth Council because of its vital relation to the educational program of the 
denomination. That all are happy over the relationship is evident from the following items, and do not forget 
that your gifts help make this possible. — P. R. B. 




Above — Central office of the Foreign Missionary 
Society, Miss Marcia Lowe at desk. Dr. Barnard sits 
at the desk in his private office. Miss Reddick's office 
is not in the picture. She was on vacation when the 
picture was taken. 

Below — Rev. Koontz at his desk in pastors study. 

WE TOO HAVE BENEFITED FROM YOUR GIFTS 

By Herman W. Koontz 
Pastor, Winona Lake Brethren Church 

The Winona Lake Brethren Church greatly appre- 
ciates the fine new building that your gifts have made 
possible. For a number of years the church was without 
adequate room for expansion. The Sunday school could 
not divide its classes properly, and the room where 
church services were held was far too small for the 
weekly attendance. For worship services the new build- 
ing has a beautiful chapel which is large enough to ac- 
commodate the present attendance. Then there is the 
much larger auditorium that can be used when the 
attendance becomes too large for the chapel. Most of 
the rooms of the building are available for the Sunday 
school, thus making it possible to departmentalize and 
to divide classes according to ages. A well-equipped 
kitchen is handy when needed by the various organiza- 



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tions for their social functions. Next to the chapel is the 
church office which gives the pastor a day-by-day con- 
tact with all the students. 

The church is grateful for the opportunity of minister- 
ing spiritually to the young people whom you send to 
the seminary, who are away from home and out of per- 
sonal contact with their own churches. These students 
are a help and blessing to the church, and it is the desire 
of the church to be a blessing to them in return. 

WE'RE GLAD FOR YOUR GIFTS TO THE SEMINARY 

By Russell D. Barnard 
Secretary of the Foreign Missionary Society 

The Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Church appreciates very much the privilege of having 
its offices in the Grace Seminary Building. We have a 
suite of 3 pleasant rooms, as well as an abundance of 
storage space. The contributions which we make to 
seminary maintenance expense are in no way com- 
parable to what our costs would be in owning our own 
building. 

We feel we are at headquarters, in that most mission- 
aries spend a part of their furlough at Winona Lake; 
most future missionaries receive training here, and pas- 
tors and laymen from the various churches frequently 
visit us. Such visitors are always cordially welcome. 

We have such pleasant Christian fellowship here in 
the seminary building. Daily we are in contact with 
those who will be our leaders in future years. This is a 
distinct advantage. 

Benefit from your gifts? Yes, in a very real way we 
do benefit from your gifts to Grace Theological Sem- 




Congregation of Winona Lake Brethren Church. 

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inary, and we thank you for them. We can only give 
the finest words of commendation for the work the 
school is doing. The seminary merits your continued 
support. 

PRAISE GOD FOR OUR NEW OFFICES! 

By L. L. Grubb 
Secretary of the Brethren Hoyyie Missions Council 

Did you ever try to transact a $100,000 business in $500 
worth of office space? Did you ever stumble over a box 
of envelopes and fall against the file cabinet and in the 
process of recovering bump your elbow on the bookcase? 
Did you ever look in vain for a spot to store important 
materials? Did you ever desire privacy for important 
conferences? 

Until a short time ago the business of the Bi-ethren 
Home Missions Council had been transacted under 
severe physical handicaps. Often it was impossible to 
efficiently handle the growing weight of detail work 
because of lack of office space. Strict privacy was un- 
known. 

Now, for the first time, we have adequate quarters in 
our spacious and beautiful offices in the Grace Seminary 
building at Winona Lake, Ind. Much needed storage 
space has been made available and physical comforts 
which add immeasurably to the conducting of the Lord's 
business. If these offices had not been provided through 
the gifts and prayers of the Lord's people which have 
made our new seminary building possible, our growing 
home mission work would have necessitated the con- 
struction of our own office space. 

So the directors of the Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil have ample cause to thank God for new and satisfac- 
tory office facilities. This is just one important angle in 
Grace Seminary's contribution to Brethren home mis- 
sions. It is almost unnecessary to mention the scores of 
young men and women who are working successfully in 
home mission fields after being trained in our school, 
or our almost daily contact with the students who are 
now in preparation. 

There is indeed a twofold reason for giving generously 
to our seminary offering this month and this just from 
the home mission standpoint. We urge each member 
and friend of the Brethren Church to earnestly pray and 
liberally give to support one of the finest seminaries in 
our great nation. 





Rev. Ralph Colbu-m, national youth director oj the 
Brethren Church, at his desk in the National Youth 
Council office. 

January 24, 1953 



Above — Central office oj the Home Missions Council, 
Miss Louise Blankenship and Mrs. Cashel Taylor at 
desks. Mr. Frank Poland is in his office to the right. 

Below — Edwin Cashman, office assistant, in the Na- 
tional Youth Council office. 

WE OWE A DEBT TO GRACE SEMINARY, TOO 

By Ralph J. Colburn 
Brethren Youth Director 

It was not my privilege to receive my theological 
training in Grace Seminary, but, believe me, I certainly 
appreciate what our school is giving our young people 
who are enrolled there. But there are other ways in 
which I am indebted to our school, and the youth council 
which I represent is indebted. 

First of all, we a]-e grateful that the seminary provides 
us with a splendid, spacious office — something we were 
really lacking before the new building was constructed. 
I'm gone so much that I don't get to use my office often, 
but I still appreciate it greatly. Along with the office we 
use some seminary equipment — an old typewriter and 
their mimeograph machine — equipment that we've not 
been able to afford, but without which we'd be lost. 

Then I get my office assistants from Grace Seminary's 
student body. Charles Ashman, Jr., was my first helper, 
then Clair Brickel, and now Edwin Cashman. We can't 
pay them much, but we do try to give them good expe- 
rience, and they are indispensable to the youth council. 
We're thankful that we can draw upon them for help, 
and help them a little, too. 

And, of course, part of my work is keeping in touch 
with our young people who will be our future ministers, 
missionaries, and evangelists. It is vital to me that these 
contacts be maintained at the school where so many of 
them finish their formal training. I'm thankful that the 
seminary helps make this possible. We're trying to re- 
pay our debt to the seminary for these things in various 
ways, and we hope you'll share this responsibility with 
U3 by your faithful and generous support of the school. 

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NEWS FROM OUR ALUMNI 

Edited by Rev. Wesley Haller, Vice President of Groce Seminary Alumni Association 



OUR LAST OPPORTUNITY 

This is the final opportunity to remind you of the 
annual offering for Grace Seminary. As was stated last 
month, the success of this offering depends in a large 
measure upon the efforts of our alumni. It is the hope 
of your officers that each of you has done what you can 
to make this the largest offering in the history of the 
school. If there was ever a time when sacrificial giving 
is manifested, it should be now. There are many proj- 
ects that need to be completed immediately so that the 
school can train our young people more efficiently. And 
we as alumni can do much by giving what we had 
planned, and then doubling that amount. Thank you 
for your interest which is manifested by your gifts. 

ALUMNI REUNION 

The most important news just now is the announce- 
ment of the second annual alumni reunion at Grace 
Seminary next month. That's right, next month, from 
Tuesday. February 24. through Friday evening, Febru- 
ary 27. The seminary has very kindly consented to dis- 
miss classes for this week so that student and alumnus 
might have time for real fellowship one with the other. 

An interesting program has been planned. There will 
be at least 20 different speakers during these days. Each 
day will have its special emphasis. On Tuesday the 
emphasis will be on the Man of God; Wednesday, on the 
Gospel of God; Thursday the central theme will be the 
Pastoral Ministry; and Friday the day will be devoted 
to the Prophetic Ministry. 

Each afternoon a paper is to be read, which will be 
followed by a period devoted to a discussion of the paper. 
Several examples of these papers are, "The Place of 
Prophecy in the Preaching of Today," by Charles Ash- 
man, Jr.. and "The Evangelist in a Big City," by John 
Aeby. 

Kenneth Teague, Charles Turner, and others will 
speak at the evening services. Each evening's program 
will be culminated with pictures of the Holy Land, being 
shown by Bernard Schneider, John Whitcomb, and 
Milton Dowden. 

The outstanding event of the whole week will be the 
alumni banquet on Thursday evening at 5:30 o'clock at 
the Eskimo Inn (who doesn't like to eat???!!!). 

This brief information should cause you to realize the 
spiritual feast that can be yours if .you will attend the 
reunion. The faculty and your officers have tried to 
arrange an outstanding program. Let's show our appre- 
ciation by being in attendance ne.xt month. It is certain 
that you'll receive some new ideas that will make your 
ministry and service for the Lord Jesus Christ more 
fruitful. See you in Winona next month. 

AN APPEAL 
This month we wish to make a twofold appeal. (1) 
For news, news, news. If you have any information that 
would be of interest to the alumni, please, please, send 
us that information today. (2) In behalf of the treas- 
urer, information has come to your editor that some of 
you have not paid your dues of one dollar for this year; 



this is true in spite of all efforts that have been made to 
collect it. Won't you care for this matter immediately? 
Send it to Paul Mohler, Listie, Pa. 

ALUMNUS OF THE MONTH 
Our alumnus chosen for recognition this month is the 
new pastor of the First Brethren Church of Canton, 
Ohio, John Billing, class of 1952. 
John is another representative 
of the Keystone State (do you re- 
member some of the discussions 
when you were in school as to 
which State was better: Pennsyl- 
vania or California?). John grad- 
uated from the Lewistown (Pa.) 
High School, and entered Juniata 
College, At his fourth year he 
transferred to Wheaton College, 
where he graduated with a Bach- 
elor of Science degree. 
Before entering the seminary the following September 
he was married, John spent 3 years at Grace, graduat- 
ing last spring with a Bachelor of Divinity degi'ee. Dur- 
ing his years of education he had numerous opportunities 
to supply various pulpits in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indi- 
ana, and Ohio, 

For a number of years John was a member of the Cal- 
vary Bible Church in Lewistown, Pa. In August of 1952 
he and his wife were received into the membership of 
the Winona Lake Brethren Church. He has been pastor 
of the Canton church for only a few months, but indica- 
tions are that his ministry is already proving a real 
blessing to the people there. Don't forget to pray for 
John. 




John Billing 



NEW INSTRUMENT FOR CRITICAL STUDY 




Yes, Grace Seminary has a new instrument for critical 
study — but not of Scripture passages such as those that 
have been causing the seniors to lose a considerable 
amount of sleep. In this case it's a new microscope 
which has come to the school as a gift of Instructor and 
Mrs. George Cone, Jr. Along with the scope they have 
given $40 worth of slides and specimens for study in 
the course, a Survey of Biological Sciences, which 
Brother Cone teaches. Bro. Frank Poland had a share 
in the gift by building a box for the new microscope. 
The task of equipping a new building is big and the cost 
is great. Such gifts are greatly appreciated. 



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SAVED BY A BURNED-OUT HEADLIGHT 

By Harold F. Morr 

Note — Brother Morr is a member of the West Tenth 
Street Brethren Church in Ashland, Ohio, and is a senior 
in the seminary. — Ed. 




Harold F. Morr 



It is no pleasant feeling to look beside you and see a 
state highway patrolman flashing the lights of his car to 
stop you. But it had happened to me. So, as I pulled 
off the road and pulled up my cour- 
age, I greeted the officer kindly. 
WhUe chatting with him I men- 
tioned that I was a minister of the 
Gospel and that he was also a min- 
ister of God (Rom. 13:4). He was 
surprised but exclaimed, "I arrest all 
kinds — rabbi, priest, or minister." 
He seemed to be in no hurry and our 
conversation lasted almost half an 
hour. By the way, my offense was 
a burned-out headlight. 

As I pulled away I wondered why I was delayed so 
long. Soon I was to find out. It meant salvation for one 
who was ready and willing for someone to encourage 
him to accept Christ. 

My next stop was for gas. As I left the station I no- 
ticed a tall young man about 17 walk across the street 
and begin to hail a ride. He accepted my invitation and 
we were soon talking about his interests and, especially, 
his football injuries. 

He was riding only a few miles so I knew I ought to 
ask him at once about his religious life. He said that he 
was a Catholic. After a few questions I knew he was in 
ignorance of Catholic doctrine. As we drove along I 
remembered another visit I had made earlier in the eve- 
ning where I learned of a special revival meeting for 1 
night only. This church was directly on my route. 

By this time we had arrived in front of the church. I 
said, "Say, what are you doing tonight?" Harold said, 
"Why, not much of anything." I said, "This church is 
having a special meeting tonight and I would like to 
have you go." "Why," he said, "I was brought up in 
that church. My parents go there." 

Upon mentioning salvation to him he said he had been 



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under conviction many times in that church even to the 
point of holding on to the pew to keep from going for- 
ward. He said he would go to the meeting and accept 
Christ that night. Better yet, he decided to accept Christ 
right there in the car and with his hand on the Bible 
he prayed the sinner's prayer. He left the car and 
walked into the church a new man as I continued my 
journey with a new joy in my heart. Traveling along 
I thought of the couplet: 

In the morning I see His grace, 
In the evening His ways I trace. 

As I thought of the incident I began to trace the steps 
which at the time seemed insignificant — hearing about 
the meeting, the delay by the patrolman, the stop for gas, 
and the prospect ready for his decision. 



Visual aids are used in many of the semiyiary and 
collegiate classes of Grace Theological Seminary. 

January 24, 1953 



GRACE SEMINARY OFFERING REPORT— DECEMBER 

Church Amount 

Albany, Oreg $15.68 

Alexandria, Va 39.00 

Altoona, Pa. (1st ) 1.00 

Ashland. Ohio 52.50 

Berne, Ind 247.00 

Buena Vista, Va 1.00 

Canton, Ohio 5.00 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 37.00 

Clay City, Ind 24.00 

Clayton, Ohio 59.00 

Compton, Calif 9.00 

Conemaugh, Pa 48.00 

Covington, Va 28.00 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 11.00 

Dallas Center, Iowa 7.00 

Danville. Ohio 215.00 

Dayton, Ohio (1st) 10.00 

Dayton, Ohio (Bethany) 25.00 

Dayton, Ohio (Patterson Park) 43.00 

Everett. Pa 13.00 

Findlay, Ohio 4.00 

Flora. Ind 90.55 

Fort Wayne. Ind 101.00 

Fremont, Ohio 72.00 

Garwin, Iowa 9.00 

Harrisburg, Pa 34.75 

HoUidaysburg, Pa 20.00 

Homerville. Ohio 16.00 

Jenners, Pa 27.29 

Johnstown, Pa. (1st) 181.00 

Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 29.00 

Kittanning, Pa 39.45 

Lake Odessa, Mich 24.00 

Leon, Iowa 52.00 

Limestone, Term 9.00 

Listie. Pa 5.00 

Long Beach. Calif. (1st) 472.75 

Long Beach, Calif. (2d) 117.00 

Los Angeles, Calif. (1st) 76.00 

Middlebranch. Ohio 15.00 

Modesto, Calif 25.00 

Peru. Ind H-OO 

Portland, Oreg 14-05 

Radford, Va 9.00 

Rittman. Ohio 32.25 

Roanoke, Va. (Clearbrook) 22.00 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 46.00 

Roanoke. Va. (Washington Heights) 16.00 

San Bernardino, Calif 25.50 

Seattle. Wash 300.00 

Sidney, Ind 28.00 

South Bend, Ind 100 

South Gate, Calif 200 

South Pas^idena, Calif 2.00 

Summit Mills. Pa 8.00 

Sunnyside. Wash 1-00 

Troy. Ohio 900 

Uniontown, Pa 10-50 

Waterloo, Iowa 62.50 

Waynesboro. Pa 9.00 

Whittier, Calif 124.00 

Whittier. Calif., Special 25.00 

Winchester, Va 55.00 

Winona Lake, Ind ,sf?o 

Winona Lake. Ind., Special „„„ 

Yakima, Wash ^„?„„ 

Yellow Creek, Pa 21.00 

Miscellaneous — 

Isolated Brethren „5o„„ 

Non-Brethren ^?? „S 

Non-Brethren, Special 10.00 

Winona Church, Building Upkeep ^OO-JS 

Special Student Offering l°'-22 

Total— General, $4,682.42; Special, $486.81 $5,169.23 

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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W.. Roanoke 15. Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



The Altoona, Pa., First church, of 
which Rev. Mark Malles is pastor, 
is broadcasting its Sunday morning 
services at 11 o'clock over WRTA. 

The East Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches is planning an overnight 
rally for the young people at the 
Meyersdale, Pa., church, pastored by 
Rev. Leslie Moore, February 13-14. 

Dr. James Boyer spoke t'wice at 
the Ashland, Ohio, church January 
4 concerning the Revised Standard 
Version of the Bible. Rev. Miles 
Taber is pastor of the church. 

Rev. Lewis Hohenstein, now of 
Waterloo, Iowa, has accepted the 
pastorate of the Whittier, Calif., First 
church, efifective April 12. 

Rev. Ralph Rambo has moved 
from Modesto, Calif., to 4817 N. 
Bartlett, Rosemead, Calif. (Change 
Annual, p. 71.) 

Dr. Charles Ashman will serve the 
South Pasadena, Calif., church as 
interim pastor until a full-time pas- 
tor is secured. He will continue to 
live in Los Angeles at his home and 
will be available for special meetings 
after July 1. 

Bro. J. E. Dangerfield, of the Roa- 
noke, Va., Ghent church, died De- 
cember 30. 

On a recent Sunday the Para- 
mount, Calif., church, pastored by 
Rev. John Mayes, had 121 people in 
Sunday school. This is the record 
high for this new church. 

The Waynesboro, Pa., church, pas- 
tored by Rev. Dennis HoUiday, 
broadcasts "News and Views" each 
Saturday at 7:15 a. m. on WCHA. 
This church has erected a large sign 
announcing the church on the main 
highway approaching the city from 
the south. 

The Limestone, Tenn., church gave 
a surprise shower upon its pastor 



and his wife. Rev. and Mrs. Randall 
Rossman, and then the church gave 
Dr. Rossman a unanimous call to 
continue another year as pastor. 

The Middlebranch, Ohio, church, 
pastored by Rev. Edward Lewis, will 
be host to the district rally of the 
Women's Missionary Council and the 
district ministerial meeting January 
26. Miss Gene Baron spoke there 
on January 11 and Rev. Bernard 
Schneider is scheduled to speak and 
show pictures February 3. 

The young people of the Kittan- 
ning. Pa., First church conducted a 
program over local radio WACB 
January 14. Pastor of the church is 
Rev. Gordon Bracker. 

The special Christmas offering at 
the Los Angeles, Calif., Third church 
was sufficient to liquidate the debt 
on the organ. Rev. James Beatty is 
pastor of this church. 




Rev. D. F. Eikenberry , retired and 
now living v.'ith his son-in-law and 
daughter, Rev. and Mrs. Russell Wil- 
liams, Yakima, Wash., is gradually 
recovering from a serious illness, but 
is still confined to the house. 

The laymen of the Southeast Fel- 
lowship of Brethren Churches are 
planning to hold a rally at the Rad- 
ford, Va., church February 6. Rev. 
K. E. Richardson is pastor of the 
host church. 

Dr. Herman Hoyt, of Winona Lake, 
preached at the Baptist church in 
Warsaw, Ind., January 11. 

Dr. Homer Kent, of Winona Lake, 
preached at the Palestine, Ind., 
Christian church January 11. 

Rev. and Mrs. William Samarin, at 
Bozoum, Africa, became the parents 
of a daughter, Ramona, January 8. 

The Harrisburg, Pa., church, pas- 
tored by Rev. Russell Weber, will 
hold a "Back to the Bible" rally 
January 30, with Dr. Alva J. Mc- 
Clain, of Winona Lake, as the speak- 
er. Rev. H. W. Modricker spoke at 
this church January 11. 

Rev. Galen Lingenfelter, of Buena 
Vista, Va., preached at the Roanoke, 
Va., Washington Heights church, of 
which Rev. W, Carl Miller is pastor. 
January 11, 



Rev. W. Carl Miller has moved to 
1317 Aspen St., NW., Roanoke, Va, 
(Change Annual, p. 70,) The phone 
number remains the same, 

A quote from the Glendale, Calif., 
church bulletin: "Rev, Charles Un- 
derwood has accepted our unani- 
mous call to become pastor here, 
contingent upon his acceptance as a 
Brethren elder in the district," 

At the Hagerstoion, Md., church 
during 1952 the average Sunday 
school attendance was 371, morning 
worship was 256, evening service 
was 195, and the midweek service 
was 113, 

Bro, Wilbur Charnetsky was the 
preacher at the Cheyenne, Wyo., 
church December 28, and Bro. W, K, 
Nevill was the speaker January 4. 
Rev, C. Wayne Croker is pastor of 
the church. 

The churches of the Roanoke, Va., 
area opened the new year with con- 
ferences on Jewish missions. Rev, 
Daniel Fuchs spoke at the Ghent 
church January 4-5, Rev, Emil 
Gruen spoke at the same church 
January 6-7, at the Washington 
Heights church January 8, and at 
the Clearbrook, Va,, church Jan- 
uary 9-11, 

Mrs. Russell Barnard, of Winona 
Lake, underwent an operation for 
the removal of a goiter January 12. 
At this writing she is in the hospital 
at Columbia City, Ind,, but expects 
to be home before the readers see 
this notice. 

Miss Dorothy Magnuson, office 
secretary of Grace Theological Sem- 
inary, underwent surgery at Colum- 
bia City January 9, She expects to 
be back in Winona Lake by the time 
this is read, 

Robert Miller, Jr., eldest son of 
Rev. and Mrs. Robert Miller, of Roa- 
noke, Va,, is seriously ill with a kid- 
ney disorder, 

Mrs. Keith Altig and Steven are 
scheduled to arrive in New York 
City the day this is being written 
(January 14) by airplane. They will 
make brief visits at Fort Wayne and 
Winona Lake in Indiana, and then 
will go to California, w'here the Altig 
girls — Janice and Jean — are now liv- 
ing and attending school. Brother 
Altig is remaining beyond his term 
of service to help the Zielaskos get 
started in their work in Brazil. 

The new address of Rev. John 
Neely, effective January 29, is 1801 
Chandler St., Philadelphia 11, Pa. 
(Change Annual, p, 77,) 



58 



The Brethren Missionary Herald 



DEPARTMENT OF STATE THEOLOGY 

By Rev. Ben Hamilton, Winona Lake, Ind. 



"Then a man named Paul brought 
a message of human brotherhood 
and hope to the little people and the 
slaves — the message of Jesus Christ, 
the Carpenter of Nazareth. Every 
man is important. All men are equal 
in the sight of God. This idea of 
human dignity was little noted at 
first, but it was to have far-reaching 
efifects on the future course of his- 
tory." 

Source of the Quotation 

The above quotation is from De- 
partment of State Publication 4443 
General Foreign Policy Series 67 re- 
leased November 1952 by the Divi- 
sion of Publications . . . OfRce of 
Public Affairs (U. S. Department of 
State). The red - white - and - blue 
cover of the booklet bears the title, 
"Let Freedom Ring," and subtitle, 
"The struggle for a peaceful world." 
The quotation at the head of this 
article is on page 7. 

Significance of the Quotation 

It suggests that National Council 
of Churches doctrine is to be the 
guide for at least one government 
department in dealing with religious 
matters in the United States. By 
means of such a statement, the De- 
partment of State is trying to create 
the impression that such a theolog- 
ical definition is the standard, com- 
monly accepted formula of the 
Christian faith in the United States. 
The Department of State assertion 
indicates a bureaucratic desire to 
usurp a church function by offering, 
in a piece of propaganda, a gospel 
that is not the genuine Gospel of 
Christ or Paul. 

Study of the Quotation 

1. Its sense. "Then a man named 
Paul brought a message of human 
brotherhood and hope to the little 
people and the slaves ..." The De- 
partment of State sees Paul merely 
as another human messenger with a 
human philosophy based on a human 
message designed to appease human 
desires. Yet Paul himself points out 
in fais letter to the Galatians: "But I 
certify you, brethren, that the gospel 
which was preached of me is not 
after man. For I neither received it 
of man, neither was I taught it, but 
by the revelation of Jesus Christ" 



(Gal. 1:11-12). Nor was the message 
of brotherhood which Paul preached 
on the human level in the fleshly 
sense generally given to the term 
"human." The doctrine of brother- 
hood which Paul taught was one 
consisting of those believing in 
Christ and not following the flesh 
but the Spirit of God. "Therefore, 
brethren, we are debtors, not to the 
flesh, to live after the flesh. For if 
ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: 
but if ye through the Spirit do mor- 
tify the deeds of the body, ye shall 





Rev. Ben Hamilton 

live. For as many as are led by the 
Spirit of God, they are the sons of 
God" (Rom. 8:12-14). 

Paul's message of hope was not 
that of fulfilling mere human hope 
through the lusts of the flesh. Paul's 
teaching shows that all the longings 
of the human heart could be real- 
ized adequately only by conforming 
to God's will, the true longing of all 
Chi-istians. This was to be accom- 
plished according to Paul's own 
words by presenting one's body "a 
living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto 
God" and by not being conformed to 
this world (Rom. 12:1-2). Paul taught 
that Chirstians were not to achieve 
human aspirations by the flesh, but 
he exhorted: "Put ye on the Lord 
Jesus Christ, and make not provision 
for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts there- 
of" (Rom. 13:14). 

Paul's message was for "the little 
people and slaves," but it was not for 
them alone. The Pauline proclama- 
tion to Timothy that God our Sav- 
iour "will have all men to be saved, 
and to come unto the knowledge of 
the truth" (I Tim. 2:4) is only one 
declaration that Christ and His sal- 
vation is for every class of man. 
Throughout the entire history of 
Christianity there have been de- 



voted servants of Jesus of rich, poor, 
and moderate financial means. Paul 
did warn against loving money for 
covetous purposes. Paul did not 
teach that his message excluded 
hope for those rich in earthly pos- 
sessions. 

2. Source of Paul's message. 
". . . the message of Jesus Christ, the 
Carpenter of Nazareth." Paul never 
brought the message of Jesus Christ, 
the Carpenter of Nazareth. Only 
once in the entire Bible, in Mark 6:3, 
is Jesus referred to as a carpenter. 
As the context plainly shows there, 
Jesus was called a carpenter by a 
Christ-rejecting crowd, and they 
called Christ a carpenter as a term 
of reproach. The term "Carpenter 
of Nazareth" is not a Scriptural title 
and is merely the fabrication of those 
who refuse to accept and acknowl- 
edge Jesus Christ as God, Saviour, 
and Ruler. 

Paul's message was not of Jesus 
Chi-ist, the Carpenter of Nazareth. 
Paul's message was of the Chi-ist 
who "died for our sins according to 
the scriptures," was buried, and 
arose the third day "according to the 
scriptures" (I Cor. 15:3-4). Paul's 
message was indeed of Jesus Christ 
"who, being in the form of God, 
thought it not robbery to be equal 
with God: but made himself of no 
reputation, and took upon him the 
form of a servant, and was made in 
the likeness of men: and being found 
in fashion as a man, he humbled 
himself, and became obedient unto 
death, even the death of the cross. 
Wherefore God also hath highly ex- 
alted him, and given him a name 
which is above every name" (Phil. 
2:6-9). 

3. Substance of the Departm.ent 
of State quotation. "All men are 
equal in the sight of God." On the 
surface this statement might seem 
harmless, for in one sense and one 
only there is an element of truth: 
namely, "All have sinned, and come 
short of the glory of God" (Rom. 
3:23), which is an essential part of 
Paul's message. But the Department 
of State statement is wrong in one 
sense: it does not take into account 
that there are 2 classes, sinners (or 
unbelievers) and believers, and that 
God deals with them differently. All 
men are not equal in the sight of 



January 24, 1953 



59 



God. Paul teaches that those who 
do not obey God are destined to 
everlasting destruction (II Thess. 1: 
8-9), but those who believe in Christ, 
and Him alone, receive the salvation 
and blessings of God (I Cor. 1:21; 
Rom. 9:33). Jesus Himself said that 
he who believed on Jesus has ever- 
lasting life (John 6:47) and those 
who believe not on Him shall die in 
their sins (John 8:24). Why such a 
distinction in the sight of Christ and 
God the Father if all men are equal 
in God's Sight? 

Summary 

Paul warned centuries ago that 
perilous times would come and that 
there would be those "having a form 
of godliness, but denying the power 
thereof" (II Tim. 4:1, 5). Speaking of 
such persons, Paul gave this somber 
warning: "From such turn away." 
The born-again believer should turn 
away from those who make state- 
ments like the one in the Depart- 
ment of State publication, "Let Free- 
dom Ring" (quoted at the start of 
this article). Rather the real believer 
should turn to the Bible for his in- 
structions from God and His Son, 
Jesus Christ. For the Bible is the 
perfect law of liberty (Jas. 1:25). 

The unfortunate part about the 
Department of State booklet, "Let 
Freedom Ring," is that it gives an 
entirely erroneous interpretation of 
the Christian message — the Gospel 
which is the power of God unto sal- 
vation. This should be a challenge 
to all genuinely born-again Chris- 
tians to make known the fact that 
Christ Jesus came into the world to 
save sinners (I Tim. 1:15) — the heart 
of Paul's message. 

May we all be increasmgly dUigent 
to preach Chi-ist, "warning every 
man, and teaching every man in all 
wisdom: that we may present every 
man perfect in Christ Jesus" (Col. 
1:28). 



Public Conjessioiis 

Ashland. Ohio 7 

Canton, Ohio 1 

Roanoke, Va. (Wash. Heights) . . 1 

San Bernardino, Calif 3 

Additioris to Membership 

Hagerstown, Md 2 

Long Beach, Calif. (First) 2 

Dedication of Babies 

Long Beach, Calif. (First) 1 




HOW COULD SHE WITHHOLD? 



By Rev. C. Wayne Croker, Cheyenne, Wyo. 



Mommie was picking up things in 
the living room after the breakfast 
rush was over and just the 2 babies 
left to step around. She straightened 
up and stood looking at the parson- 
age living room — it looked more like 
the lobby of a third-class hotel. 
Mommie dreamed how it would look 
with some of the furniture she had 
seen in the "wish book," 

And then a strange woman with 
large sad eyes was standing there: 
"I used to have a home . . . but now 
it's a heap of rubble . . . there's no 
place for my babies." Then she was 
gone! 

"Babies!" Mommie remembered 
their pinched faces and starved 
bodies as she had seen them in the 
picture Wednesday night. . . . Those 
poor orphaned babies. 

Mommie shook herself, turned, 
and ran upstairs. The trunk of 
"grow-intos" was opened and little 
piles of clothes laid on the attic floor. 
Colleen's little pink toes were start- 
ing to push against the ends of her 
red shoes. . . . Where was that pair 
Kathy had outgrown so quickly? 
Dresses! Sweaters! 

"My babies have no sweaters, no 
warm clothing, and it's starting to 
frost at night." The tired, sad-faced 
woman pulled her cotton garments 
tighter around her. "Your things 
are so warm and lovely." 



Rev. Wayne Croker 

Mommie slammed the trunk lid 
down! What could she do? Her 5 
needed clothing too . . . but wait — 
that box of outgrown baby clothes, 
faded by much washing and wear. 
A few ribbons would brighten them. 
She opened the trunk again and 
lifted out the baby clothes onto the 
floor! They iDould look nice on those 
poor babies. . . . 

With a light heart Mommie gath- 
ered them up and took them down- 
stairs to pack . . . and it seemed 
there was a smile on the other wom- 
an's face. 

"But whoso hath this world's good, 
and seeth his brother have need, and 
shutteth up his bowels of compas- 
sion from hiin, how dwelleth the love 
of God in him?" (I John 3:17). 
Brethi'en, remember our mission sta- 
tions in Kentuckv and New Mexico. 



PRAY FOR THESE SPECIAL MEETINGS 



Church 
San Bernardino, 

Calif 

Russiaville, Ind . . . 
Beaumont, Calif. . 
Waynesboro, Pa . . 
Johnstown, Pa. (1) 
Los Angeles, Calif. 

(1st) 

Rittman, Ohio. . . . 
San Diego, Calif. . 

Artesia, Calif 

Cuyahoga Falls, O. 
Roanoke, Va. 

(Ghent) 

Whittier, Calif. 

(1st) 

Winchester, Va . . . 



Dates 



Pastor 



Jan. 20-Feb. 1. . . Lyle Marvin 

Jan. 25-Feb. 1. . . Roy Clark 

Feb. 1-15 Gene Farrell. . . 

Feb. 1-15 Dennis Holliday 

Feb. 2-15 W. A. Ogden... 



Feb. 4-5 Glenn O'Neal 

Feb. 4-15 Charles Ashman. . 

Feb. 5-6 Gilbert Engelman . 

Feb. 8-13 Adam Rager 

Feb. 8-15 Richard Burch 



Speaker 

Russell Humberd. 
Herman Hoyt. 
Bob Munro. 
William. Smith. 
Michael Walsh. 

Harold Garner. 
Ding Teuling. 
Russell Humberd. 
Russell Humberd. 
Herman Hoj't. 



Feb. 8-15 Robert Miller Conard Sandy. 



Feb. 8-22 Carl Sisson. 

Feb. 8-11 Paul Dick.. 



Cedric Sears. 
O. E. Phillips. 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



F 



GOD HAS SOMETHING BETTER By Evangelist William Smith, Washington, D. C. 



This is a condensation of the mes- 
sage Brother Smith preached at the 
Washington County (Md.) Youth 
Rally at our Hagerstown church De- 
cember 29, 1952. Nine churches of 
various denom,inations cooperated in 
this rally. — Editor. 



There are perhaps many things in 
the past year you would like to for- 
get: the failures, the discourage- 
ments, the disappointments. Ac- 
cording to the Bible, you are able to 
forget the events of the past. "For- 
getting those things which are be- 
hind, and reaching forth unto those 
things which are before, I press 
toward the mark for the prize of the 
high calling of God in Christ Jesus" 
(Phil. 3:13-14). 

Now we are at the beginning of a 
new year. The pages of tomorrow 
are clean and it is up to you as to 
what shall appear on the record. 
You can make this next year the 
greatest year of your life. 

I want to give to you a challenge 
for this new year, and I trust you 
will take it as though it is coming 
from the Lord Himself. 

The Holy Life 

The greatest thing you can do as 
a Christian is to live a holy life. 
"Now then we are ambassadors for 
Christ." We must be constantly 
striving to keep our lives clean and 
pure, realizing that the Christian is 

Abiding Confidence 

(Hebrews 3:6, 14) 
By Leona D. Cole, Long Beach, Calif. 

Take a little satchel. 

Pack it to the brim 
With the shining confidence 

That first you had in Him. 
Just a bag no bigger 

Than a mustard seed 
Will carry all the confidence 

You will ever need. 

Be sure to take it with you 

Everywhere you go; 
Don't set it down or drop it 

When heavy burdens grow. 
If you never lose it, 

Or leave it on the shelf, 
You will keep partaking 

Of the Lord Himself. 



representing Christ. What the Chris- 
tian does reflects on Jesus Christ. 
You may think that whatever you do 
will have no bearing on anyone else's 
life, but remember this — the Chris- 
tian's life is under constant observa- 
tion. In order to live a holy life the 
Christian must be a vessel that is fit 
to be used. We must pray to be 
channels only. 

We can have a well of cool water, 
but if we have no pipes to bring it to 
us it is of no avail. So the Christian 
is to be a channel, bringing the re- 
freshing water of salvation to a 




William Smith 

thiz-sty lost world in need of a Sav- 
iour. 

Now then you may be saying, I am 
attempting to live a holy life and I 
am praying that God will make me a 
channel for His use — what does the 
Lord want me to do this next year 
for Him? 

The Christian's Work 

The crowning work of a Christian 
life is to bring about conversions. 
There are many Christians who ex- 
cuse themselves from soul -winning 
work, saying: "I don't have the 'gift 
of gab'; I don't have the personality: 
I don't have that kind of talent." 
But all such excuses are worthless 
in the light of the Bible. I can find 
no place in the Bible where it says 
that a person must have personality, 
talent, or conversational ability to be 
a soul-winner. The Biblical picture 
of a soul-winner is of one who is 
consecrated and spiritual, and the 
smallest Christian in all the world 
can be both of these if he wills. The 
Christian can be as powerful as he 
wants to be. 

The first need of Christians today 
is to have the power of God in their 
lives. Shame on Christians who do 
not have enough of the power of God 



to keep themselves from the degrad- 
ing worldliness about us. A great 
amount of our preaching, singing, 
and living is without power. 

The Something Better 

Is this all that God has for His 
children — a barren and fruitless and 
powerless life? Absolutely not! 
Powerless Christianity is not normal 
Christianity. God has something 
better. No Christian need go with- 
out winning souls; no Chi-istian need 
go without having the power of God 
in his life. Jesus Himself is the One 
who gives power to win souls, and 
He has promised that the same pow- 
er that He had could be reproduced 
in our lives. "He that believeth on 
me, the works that I do shall he do 
also; and greater works than these 
shall he do; because I go unto my 
Father" (John 14:12). Jesus was 
never barren, He was never power- 
less. He was never defeated. He was 
never discouraged by circumstance. 
We may have this same miraculous 
power if we want it. 

Say, Christian, are you bearing 
fruit? Are you winning souls? Jesus 
said: "He that abideth in me, and I 
in him, the same bringeth forth 
much fruit" (John 15:5). If you are 
not bearing fruit, then surely you 
have somehow missed the blessing 
here promised for all who abide in 
Christ. 

Shame on Christians who have 
been saved for years and have never 
brought a soul to Jesus Christ. 
Shame on the many congregations 
that did not have one single convert 
last year. You can make a new cov- 
enant with God right now and deter- 
mine that this next year is going to 
be a year that is spent for Jesus. 
Give God a chance to really work in 
your life this year. 



NEW SCHOOL FOR FORMOSA 

The newly formed Evangelical 
Fellowship of Formosa has under- 
taken as its first project the estab- 
lishment of a school in Formosa for 
the children of missionaries. 

This fellowship is under the lead- 
ership of Rev. Dick Hillis, and its 
main work is to take the Gospel to 
the soldiers of the Chinese National- 
ist Army now stationed on the 
island. 



January 24, 1953 



61 



"HE CARETH FOR YOU 



// 



NEWS: 



By Rev. Lyie Marvin, 
San Bernardino, Calif. 

"Casting all your care upon him; 
for he careth for you" (I Pet. 5:7). 

This bit of admonishment was 
written immediately to the scattered 
Christian Jews of Peter's day, and 
ultimately to every believer. They 
needed this promise because of the 
anxiety that was their lot caused by 
persecution. We today need to gar- 
ner for our very own this truth be- 
cause of the same reason — that of 
anxiety and worry. To understand 
the full import of this verse we must 
know the underlying meaning of 3 
words, namely, "casting," "care," and 
"careth." 

"Casting" in our day has come to 
mean something like throwing, but 
here that is not true. This word is 
used in one other place in the New 
Testament— Luke 19:35. The foal of 
an ass had been secured for Christ's 
triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and 
before Jesus mounted, the disciples 
cast their garments upon the back of 
the animal. The garments were de- 
posited there for the comfort of the 
Saviour. 

Considering our next word, "care," 
we find that it portrays anxiety and 
worry. A Greek family name is 
made up with a negative prefixed to 
this word. One with this name is 
literally said to be one "who does 
not worry." 

And the last word receiving our 
attention is "careth." From the as- 
pect of the one who "careth" we may 
say that one is concerned. "He car- 
eth for you" becomes "He is con- 
cerned for you." There certainly 
should be no doubt in any Ckris- 
tian's mind as to the concern of God. 
God's revealed plan for the ages is 
laid out, with man that He created 
in His image as the center or the 
hub. God so loved all men that He 
gave His only begotten Son that this 
race of men fast heading for hell 
need not go there. Truly God is 
more concerned with man than man 
is concerned with himself. Collect- 
ing our past thoughts together we 
find our promise means that we are 
to deposit our worries, our anxieties, 
upon the Lord because of His con- 
cern for us. 

Worry is a sin in that the one wor- 
rying fails to trust Christ. FaOing to 
trust the Lord is really asserting that 
you are refusing to deposit these 




Eev. Lyle Marvin 

burdens upon Him. So we see that 
failure to deposit worries is caused 
by distrust for the Lord and THAT 
IS SIN. Strange as it may seem, 
those of you who are worrying right 
now, never once failed to trust your 
Lord with your soul's destiny. Yet 
far more valuable is your soul than 
any of these things you are so anx- 
ious about. Today is the tomorrow 
you worried about yesterday, and all 
is well! 

Christianity is not just a body of 
doctrines, it is a provision of grace. 
In that way it is the most practical 
mode of life one can find. It is just 
as practical as trust we evidence 
every day in other ways. Our deeds, 
stocks, policies, and other valuables 
are placed in a safety deposit box. 
Trusting that steel - and - concrete 
bank comes easUy, because we go 
home from the bank and sleep that 
night without an anxious thought. 
Now in the same way deposit all 
your worries, your perplexing prob- 
lems, your anxiety upon Chi-ist; be- 
cause of His concern about His chil- 
dren He will take care of you. The 
lilies of the field are arrayed in more 
splendor than Solomon ever had — 
and you are of more value than the 
lilies. 

When Christ trod the earth He 
was the perfection of wisdom, the 
perfection of strength, yet He never 
said a word of His own, nor worked 
in His own strength — He trusted His 
heavenly Father. How foolish then 
for us to try in our own strength and 
wisdom: let us also trust the same 
heavenly Father and deposit every 
anxiety and worry upon Him who 
wants us to trust Him because of 
His concern for us. Our Lord ever 
knoweth the end from the beginning 
and He never makes a mistake. 
Realizing these truths, trusting Him 
with these burdens that cause us 
worry will become a practice. 





Fin t^gl 

CHURCHES 



Akron, Ohio 

This church was privileged in re- 
cent days to enjoy the ministry of 
several of our denominational work- 
ers and missionaries. 

Dr. Russell Barnard conducted a 
revival of 2 weeks which revived and 
challenged the people. Then Miss 
Grace Byron was with us a few days 
to give us the missionary emphasis. 
We had a 1-week Bible conference 
with prophetic emphasis under the 
leadership of Dr. Charles Ashman. 
Rev. and Mrs. Hill Maconaghy gave 
us a new missionary zeal. During 
the closing days of the old year and 
the beginning days of the new year 
Rev. Ralph Colburn was here to 
minister to us. 

The basement portion of the new 
addition to our church buUding will 
be ready for occupancy about Feb- 
ruary 1 and we are looking forward 
to a time of blessing and an increase 
in our Sunday school emphasis. — 
Harold Etling, pastor. 

Long Beach, California (Second) 

Fifty-four young people fi-om our 
church and the Seal Beach church 
held a 3-day retreat at Acorn Lodge 
in the mountains. Rev. Burton 
Hatch, Mrs. George Peek, and Mr. 
James Sweeten were the speakers. 

About 250 people attended our 
watch-night services. 

There were 814 people in Sunday 
school January 4 and 765 the follow- 
ing Sunday. 

The 1952 home mission offering 
from this church was $3,256 — the 
largest in the history of the church. 

The church has made arrange- 
ments to distribute 1,000 booklets 
with a gospel message and informa- 
tion about the church each month 
during 1953. 

Thei-e were 58 people who made 
public confession of Chi-ist as Sav- 
iour in the church during 1952. — 
George Peek, pastor. 

Kittanning, Pennsylvania (North 
Buffalo) 

Some time ago the North Buffalo 
Brethren Church folks asked me to 
write asking for friends to pray 



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about their need of a pastor. Now 
they want to thank the Lord for His 
faithfulness to them and they want 
me to send thanks to all who prayed. 

On November 30 Bro. Donald 
Rossman preached for them and 
shortly after that they called him to 
be their pastor. On January 4 he 
conducted services at the church, 
found an apartment the next day in 
the immediate community, and it 
now appears that he will be able to 
find employment which he must 
have along with the church. 

A moving company has quoted an 
unusually low figure to move the 
family from Penns Grove, N. J., to 
R. R. 4, Kittanning, Pa. 

The Lord has answered prayer for 
the North Buffalo people. — Gordon 
Bracker, pastor, Kittanning First 
Brethren Church. 



ABANDON INDIAN VISA CHANGE 

The government of India's pro- 
posed drastic changes in policy of 
granting visas to enter the country 
have been abandoned. The proposal 
would have made it very difficult for 
any missionary to enter India. The 
old plan, permitting missionaries to 
enter, will continue. 



Blessed Names of Our Lord 



•By Rev. Charles Ashman, Rittman, Ohio: 
IV. CHRIST THE BANNER. 



The drums beat out the marching 
rhythm, the standards waved, and 
on marched the armies of the great 
Alexander to victory after victory. 
When the fight would lull, the stand- 
ard-bearer would wave the banner 
high, instilling in the men a new 
spirit and new vigor and new hopes 
of victory. 

But did you know that we as 
Christians have a banner — yes, it is 
our Lord Jesus Christ. In Exodus 
17:15 we have recorded the name 
"Jehovah-nissi," which means "the 
Lord is my Banner." Israel was in 
the midst of a fierce battle with Am- 
alek. As long as Moses' hands were 
outstretched — held up to the Lord — 
Israel prevailed. When the battle 
was finally won an altar was built 
and called "Jehovah-nissi." Moses 
realized the reason and the source of 
victory — the Lord. 

Jesus is the Banner over the army 
of the Lord today. You and I are 
both standard-bearers and soldiers. 
Ours is a twofold duty: first, to hold 



high at all times our Banner, Christ, 
and to let others see Him, that in 
Him they might receive conviction, 
salvation, and hope; second, to keep 
our eyes fixed steadfastly on Him, 
our Banner, at all times. When we 
lose sight of Him we lose effective- 
ness in the Christian battle. But 
when our gaze abides on Him, we 
have new spirit, day-by-day encour- 
agement to continue to war a good 
warfare for Christ. 

God has provided armor, power, 
weapons and, as well, a Banner, 
Christ — everything necessary for the 
victory in the Christian life. We 
cannot fail if we — 

Look steadfastly on Jesus, 
Our Banner, our guide is He; 

Look steadfastly on Jesus, 
He giveth sure victory. 

Look steadfastly on Jesus, 

When the fight is hard and long; 
Look steadfastly on Jesus, 

In the heart He giveth a song. 



Seminary Professors Attend Evangelical Society Meeting 



By Dr. Homer A. Kent, Winona Lake, ind. 



The majority of the members of 
the faculty of Grace Theological 
Seminary were in attendance at the 
fourth annual meeting of the Evan- 
gelical Theological Society, held at 
Wheaton College December 29-30. 
Those in attendance were President 
Alva J. McClain, Dean Herman A. 
Hoyt, Dr. Paul R. Bauman, Dr. Ho- 
mer A. Kent, Dr. James L. Boyer, 
Prof. S. Herbert Bess, and Prof. John 
C. Whitcomb. 

A highlight of the conference was 
a varied discussion of the Revised 
Standard Version of the Old Testa- 
ment. Dr. Burton L. Goddard, of 
Gordon Divinity School, spoke on 
"Sampling the New Version." Dr. J. 
Barton Payne, of Bob Jones Univer- 
sity, spoke on the subject, "The Re- 
vised Standard Version of the Old 
Testament and Higher Criticism." 
Dr. Allan A. MacRae, president of 
Faith Theological Seminary, fol- 



lowed with a consideration of the 
subject, "To How Great an Extent 
Should Theology Affect Transla- 
tions, if at All." In the absence of 
Dr. Oswald T. Allis, of Westminster 
Seminary, his paper was read in 
part by Dr. Martin J. Wyngaarden, 
of Calvin Seminary, his subject be- 
ing, "The Revised Standard Version 
of the Old Testament." 

The above short addresses were 
followed by a panel discussion on the 
Revised Standard Version of the Old 
Testament. Those taking part in 
this discussion were Dr. Burton L. 
Goddard, Dr. R. Laird Harris, of 
Faith Seminary, Dr. Allan A. Mac- 
Rae, Dr. Frank J. Neuberg, of Whea- 
ton Graduate School, and J. Barton 
Payne. The consensus of opinion as 
reflected by the above addresses and 
panel discussion was that the new 
version contains dangerous modern- 
istic tendencies and should be repu- 



diated by orthodox believers. 

In view of the prevailing opinion 
the society appointed a committee to 
make investigations relative to the 
possibility and advisability of en- 
deavoring to produce a modern 
translation of the Scriptures by or- 
thodox scholars. The following men 
were appointed to serve on this com- 
mittee: Dr. MerrUl C. Tenney, of 
Wheaton, Dr. Martin J. Wyngaarden, 
Dr. Allen A. MacRae, Dr. Frank J. 
Neuberg, and Dr. J. R. Mantey, of 
Northern Baptist Theological Sem- 
inary. 

The society accepted the invitation 
extended by Dr. McClain to hold the 
next annual meeting at Grace Semi- 
nary, probably at a time comparable 
to the time of the meeting just 
closed. This occasion will serve to 
acquaint many orthodox scholars 
from across the nation with the work 
and facilities of our school. 



January 24, 7953 



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jtev. and. lirs- iilaine Snyder 
Sfinona Lake, Ind. 



Browsing Among the Books 

It is the purpose of this column to bring to the reader's attention some of the boolcs 
that are being presented to the reading public today. Each book reviewed here will present 
a message of some merit and worthy of consideration, though a review of a book does not 
necessarily mean that the reviewer approves everything in it. 

Any book mentioned in this column may be purchased from the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company. Winona Lake. Ind. 



GREAT TRUTHS TO LIVE BY, hy 
Kenneth S. Wuest. Eerdmans 
Publishing Co. 1952. Cloth. 152 
pp. $2. 

With that freshness which comes 
from close examination of the orig- 
inal language in which the New Tes- 
tament records were given to the 
church, Mr. Wuest writes of things 
so vital to the life and experience of 
the believer. He examines again the 
identity of Jesus, the experience of 
Nicodemus with Jesus, Jesus and 
Peter. He also discusses the evil 
nature in the believer, the relation 
of Jesus to the believer, the coming 
of Christ for the church, and the 
physical body of the believer in the 
future. 

In each one of the themes dis- 
cussed the believer will not only get 
new information but new inspiration. 
Just as the title suggests, the infor- 
mation and the inspiration wUl en- 
able the believer to live by these 
truths. In this sense these studies 
are intensely practical. — Herman 
Hoyt. 



MAN'S RUIN, by Donald Grey 
Barnhouse. Van Kampen Press. 
c 1952. Cloth. V, 301 pp. $3. 

From the pen of one of the fore- 
most Bible teachers and preachers of 
our generation comes a series of ex- 
pository messages on the epistle to 
the RoiTians. This first volume, con- 
sisting of some 300 pages, covers 
chapter 1. While this work is in 
every way a technical study of the 
book, digging deep into the original 
language in which Paul wrote, at 
the same time it is so readable and 
interesting that any ordinary reader 
can study it with great profit. 

These studies were originally pre- 
pared for radio broadcasts and re- 
main substantially unchanged. This 
may explain why they are so attrac- 
tive. When the series of volumes are 
complete they will form one of the 



finest helps to the study of Romans 
in existence. Five volumes of equal 
size are now running through the 
press — the 5 will cover the first 5 
chapters of the epistle. How soon 
the others will be completed is not at 
this time known. 

Dr. Barnhouse is leaving no stone 
unturned to unfold this greatest of 
books in the Bible. He is bringing 
to his task not only the wide experi- 
ence and knowledge which are his. 
but also unusual ability as an expos- 
itor. No preacher should be without 
these books. His thinking will be 
stirred, and his spirit will be edified 
by the reading of this work which 
represents the best from a man with 
such experience and skill. 

If one desires intensive research, 
this is it. The author deals verse by 
verse, phrase by phrase, word by 
word with this message from God. 
Whole pages, sometimes several 
studies, are devoted to one word. — 
Herman Hoyt. 



DISCOUNT POLICY STATED 

The discount policy of the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Company has 
not been changed, though some cus- 
tomers seem to misunderstand it. 
Pastors, evangelists, missionaries, 
and students in Grace Theological 
Seminary (either division) are en- 
titled to a 20-percent discount on 
most items when cash accompanies 
the order, either by mail or in the 
store. When ordering by mail the 
buyer is asked to pay postage if the 
20 percent has been deducted. A 
10-percent discount is granted to 
churches when cash is with order. 
Discount cannot be granted when 
cash is not with order, for bookkeep- 
ing, statements, and postage are 
costly. Discount does not apply to 
Sunday school literature. 



NEW SEARCH FOR ARK PLANNED 

Dr. Aaron J. Smith, who tried to 
find Noah's Ark on the "mountains 
of Ararat" in an expedition in 1949, 
has not given up hopes of finding it 
in a new trip he is planning. 

Dr. Smith has reasoned that the 
Ark may have slipped down the side 
of the mountain in a flow of lava, 
and that it is now resting in some 
valley or crevice. 

His plan is now to go all over the 
area again, but this time he will do 
it by means of helicopter. He hopes 
to be able to spot it from the air in 
some place where humans have not 
gone by foot. 



I Confessed My Sin 

By Rev. Charles Bergerson, Hagerstown, Md. 



I confessed my sin — 
Then by some magic art 
I thought my lightened heart 
Should feel a sudden thrill, 
A surging power to fill 

The cavity. 

I waited long — 

No surging thi-ill I felt. 

My heart began to melt 

In deep and nameless fear! 

Was not my God yet near 
To answer me? 

God did not hear-? — 

My sin, it was too great. 

Or I besought Him late! 

His ear from me was turned; 

His anger on me burned! 
Where find I Thee? 



I sought in vain — 

The veil, it seemed so sheer, 

I ought to feel Him near. 

Be it of iron made. 

His presence seemed to fade 
Away from me. 

The Spirit spoke — 

"How now? Dost thou not read? 

Thy Father's Word give heed! 

For lack of wisdom's wealth 

Destroy not thou thyself! 
Read thou, and see!" 

I read God's Word — 

"Faithful and just is He, 
Forgiving, cleansing thee." 
What thrill and surge of power 
Flowed forth in that blest hour 

I trusted Thee! 



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January 24, 1953 




»LUME 15, NUMBER 5 



JANUARY 31, 1953 




WHERE BRETHREN PRINTING BEGAN IN AMERICA 

Home of Christopher Sower near Philadelphia, erected in 1731. The Brethi-en meeting- 
house was upstairs. The printing was done in the building at the rear. 




EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W.. Roanoke 15. Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



The Spokane, Wash., church called 
its pastor, Rev. William Schaffer, to 
continue as pastor for his 9th year. 
Six people had perfect Sunday school 
attendance records during 1952. 

The Kittanning. Pa., First church, 
pastored by Rev. Gordon Bracker, 
will be host to the Armstrong Coun- 
ty rally of protest against the Re- 
vised Standard Version of the Bible 
Januai-y 30. Rev. Henry Kulp, Al- 
toona, is to be the speaker. 

Remember the protest rally against 
the Revised Standard Version at 
Grace Theological Seminary Febru- 
ary 6 at 7:30 p. m. The main speaker 
is to be Dr. David Otis Fuller, of 
Grand Rapids, Mich. Other speak- 
ers include Dr. Alva J. McClain and 
Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, of the semi- 
nary, and Dr. Barton Payne, of Bob 
Jones University. 

Rev. George Richardson is secre- 
tary of the Brethren Conference of 
California and for conference busi- 
ness should be addressed at Box 306. 
Bellflower, Calif. (Change Annual, 
p. 27.) 

The Roanoke, Va., Clearbrook 
church, pastored by Rev. William 
Howard, held a watch night service 
with Bro. Mason Cooper as the 
speaker. 

Bro. Thomas Inman, missionary 
candidate, preached at the Leesburg, 
Ind., church December 28 while Pas- 
tor Nathan Meyer was on vacation 
in Pennsylvania. 

Mrs. A. R. Rideout, for many years 
a member of the Whittier, Calif., 
First church, died January 12. 

Bro. Alvey Walter Landis, of the 
Dayton, Ohio, First church, died 
January 13. 



The Los Angeles, Calif., First 
church, under the leadei-ship of Pas- 
tor Glenn O'Neal, sponsored a youth 
retreat at Acorn Lodge January IB- 
IS. Dr. Gerald Stanton and Rev. 
Bruce Button preached in the pas- 
tor's absence. The church will again 
be host to an extension class of the 
Bible Institute of Los Angeles, with 
Rev. Henry Rempel, of the Los An- 
geles Second church, as the teacher. 

The Meyersdale, Pa., Summit Mills 
church, pastored by Rev. Leslie 
Moore, is engaged in remodeling 
parts of the church building. 

Mrs. Harold Painter, wife of the 
pastor at Modesto, Calif., La Loma 
church, underwent surgery on Jan- 
uary 12. 

At the Alexandria, Va., church an 
average of 128 people attended Sun- 
day school, 118 morning worship, 76 
evening worship, and 31 midweek 
prayer meeting during December 
1952. Rev. Kenneth Teague is pas- 
tor of the church. 



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fiRIEFS 



Miss Bertha Quaintance, of the 
Long Beach, Calif., Fh-st church, 
celebrated her 80th birthday Janu- 
ary 15. She regularly serves as sec- 
retary of the transportation commit- 
tee of the church. 

Dr. Harold Garner preached at 
the Yakima, Wash., church January 
18. Rev. Russell Williams is pastor 
of the church. 

The Wooster, Ohio, church gave its 
pastor. Rev. Kenneth Ashman, a 
unanimous call to serve his 7th year 
there. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey J. Hartzler, 
of the Sterling, Ohio, church, will 
celebrate their 57th wedding anni- 
versary on February 6. Children of 
the couple are Mrs. Russell Barnard, 
Mrs. Nelson Hall, Mrs. Vernon Cas- 
key, Roscoe and Merle Hartzler. 

Rev. Russell Huraherd spoke re- 
cently at Whitworth College. Spo- 
kane, Wash., and Seattle Pacific Col- 
lege, Seattle. He has now preached 
his message on "The Virgin Birth" 



Additions to Membership 

Clayton, Ohio 2 

Long Beach, Calif. (1st) 2 

Los Angeles, Calif. (1st) 3 

Winona Lake, Ind 1 

Dedication of Babies 

Los Angeles, Calif. (1st) 3 



to more than 14,000 students in 50 
Chi-istian schools in 19 States. 

Mrs. Mary S. Wilson, member of 
the Long Beach, Calif., First church 
since 1914, died January 2. 

Catherine McDoimld, of the Clay- 
ton, Ohio, church, died recently, 
with funeral services January 14. 

Dr. Herman Hoyt, Winona Lake, 
preached at the McCoy Memorial 
Baptist Church. Elkhart, Ind., Jan- 
uary 18. 

The Gleiidale, Calif., church held 
a farewell reception for Rev. and 
Mrs. Archie Lynn January 11, at 
which time they were given a piece 
of luggage. 

Rev. Lewis C. Hohenstein, of 
Waterloo, Iowa, underwent an emer- 
gency appendectomy January 8 and 
is now recuperating. 

The Glendale, Calif., church has 
scheduled Dr. Harold Lindsell to 
preach there February 1 and 8. 

Misses Florence Bickel, Grace By- 
ron, and Estella Myers sailed from 
New York January 14 aboard the 
S. S. Bandama and are due to arrive 
on the west coast of Africa about 
February 4. 

Miss Ruth Snyder, home from Af- 
rica on furlough, is now living at the 
missionary residence at Winona Lake 
and is enrolled in Grace Theological 
Seminary for the second semester of 
this school year. 

Miss Johanna Nielsen, missionary 
in Argentina, is due to sail from Val- 
paraiso, ChUe, January 26 for a fur- 
lough. She will land at a California 
port. 

Bro. Frank Poland, assistant to 
the secretary of the Brethren Home 
Missions Council, underwent sur- 
gery January 19 and is recovering 
rapidly. He expects to be home long 
before this is read. 



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the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Winona Lake, Ind. Subscription price. $2.00 a year; 100- 
percent churches. $1.50; foreign. $3.00. Board of Directors: Arnold Kriegbaum. President; Robert D. Crees. Vice President; Walter A. Lepp. 
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LET'S GET ACQUAINTED 



By Conard Sandy, Editor 



Getting acquainted with people is 

I for some individuals a pleasant ex- 

j perience, for others it is often a very 

trying ordeal, but for all it is a 

necessity. 

Before a person can know and 
understand another person there 
must be some acquaintance with that 
person. The same is true concern- 
ing a movement, an organization, or 
a denominational church paper. 

Because each year brings into the 
circle of readers of this paper— The 



I 




Rev. Conard Sandy 

Brethren Missionary Herald — many 
people who know little about the 
paper, it has been deemed wise and 
necessary to offer a few suggestions 
to aid in getting acquainted. 

The Pxapose Intended 

The purpose of this paper is sim- 
ply and clearly stated in its title. It 
is Brethren. It is a denominational 
paper without apology. It represents 
the congregations and mission sta- 
tions in all parts of the world which 
are affiliated with the National Fel- 
lowship of Brethren Churches. It is 
the only official paper for these 
churches. 

It is MissioTiary. It is the intention 
of all who are in any way connected 
with this paper that it shall be a 
missionary agent in the cause of the 
Lord Jesus Christ. One can readily 
see the truthfulness of this part of 
the name by noting the constant 
emphasis placed upon and reference 
to missionary work in the paper each 
week. 

It is a Herald. This paper has just 
one message — the Gospel of the Sav- 
iour and Lord. Its purpose is to 
herald His Gospel just as widely as 
the Lord permits in these days of so 



much apostasy from the true faith 
and the revealed Word of God. 

To fulfill this threefold purpose 
this paper is joined with the saints 
of God everywhere to "earnestly 
contend for the faith which was once 
delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3). 

The Program Involved 

The purpose determines the pro- 
gram followed in issuing the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald each week of 
each year. 

It is conservative. This paper 
stands for and presents the Gospel 
as Christ gave it and the apostles 
taught it. It follows a conservative 
course in the message it contains and 
the method in which this message is 
printed. There is no place in this 
magazine for "another gospel" which 
is no gospel at all, nor is there any 
desire on the part of the writers or 
producers to make it sensational just 
for the sake of being sensational. 
This magazine has a conservative 
message to share with the readers 
and it will endeavor to do it with 
the conservatism born of the Word 
of God. 

It is consistent. It is the purpose 
of all who have anything to do with 
the production of this paper to al- 
ways present a consistent message. 
There are many writers, but there is 
only one message; there are many 
readers, but there is only one Gospel 
offered to them through the pages of 
this denominational paper. 

It is cooperative. The pages of 
this magazine are open to every 
recognized phase of the work of the 
denomination. In fact, there are 4 
departmental editors and several or- 
ganizational editors, all working to- 
gether with the editor of the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald to produce a 
magazine of which no member of the 
denomination can ever be ashamed. 
Once each month each part of the 
church's program is presented here. 
Therefore read it carefully each 
week! 

The People Included 

For any paper to be a success 
there must be 3 groups of people re- 
lated to it in one way or another. 

The writers. This magazine is not 
the thinking of one person, nor even 
of a few people. The writers, in the 



main, are members of the Brethren 
Church. They live in all parts of the 
world, especially in those places 
where the Brethren testimony has 
been established. These writers are 
preachers, professors in Christian 
schools, officials of Brethren organ- 
izations, and laymen in the local 
congregations. Above all, those who 
write have had a definite acquaint- 
ance with the Saviour and Lord of 
the church. 

The readers. In many places the 
readers of this paper are to be found 
— on every continent and in most of 
the States in this Nation. The read- 
ers range in age from the very young 
to the very old, from the mature 
saints to the new babes in Christ 
Jesus, from the rich to the poor, and 
from the educated to the uneducated. 
These facts must always be kept in 
mind by the writers and a message 
must be presented in each number 
of the magazine to bring spiritual 
food. Christian courage, and sweet 
comfort to all these readers. The 
subscription list now numbers more 
than 7,400 names, which means the 
Herald is being read by 15,000 to 
20,000 people each week. 

The producers. This name is used 
to speak of those who take the re- 
sults of the writers' efforts and put 
them in form for the readers. Three 




Mrs. William Kolb 

people work together to "get out the 
Herald" each week. All copy is read 
first by the editor (writer of this 
article). Then the linotype operator, 
Bro. Jesse Deloe, sets it into type. 
(A picture of Brother Deloe can be 
seen on page 69, for he is also the 
editor of the laymen's page of the 
Herald.) From the hands of Brother 
Deloe the proof sheets go to the desk 
of the editorial secretary, Mrs. Wil- 

( Continued on Page 71) 



January 31, 1953 



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DOORS OF SERVICE FOR BRETHREN WOMEN 

By Mrs. Kenneth Ashman, President, National Women's Missionary Council 



"Hello there! What's all the rush?" 

"Oh, I didn't see you. Yes, I'm in 
a great big hurry. I'm on my way to 
Ellen's. We're packing mission boxes 
today, and if there's any time left 
we'll make some aprons, pillow cases, 
or tea towels for the missionarj- 
chest. I've just got to get something 
special for the noon covered-dish 
lunch — it's such a delightful time 
of fellowship about the tables. 1 
wouldn't miss this day for anything." 

"That sounds like sort of a Dorcas 
group. Who sponsors it?" 

"Why the Brethren Church has an 
organization called the Women's 
Missionary Council — that's WMC — 
'Women Manifesting Christ.' It of- 
fers many ways of service for those 
who are willing." 

"Yes, I've noticed how busy you 
Brethren ladies are. Just how does 
the council work, and why all the 
interest in serving the Lord?" 

"Well, maybe we are busy. But 
then there are so many doors of 
service thrown open to us in our 
churches. It's like the Apostle Paul 
said: 'For a great and effectual door 
is opened unto me' (I Cor. 16:9). I 
sometimes wonder if our ladies ap- 
preciate all these open doors. Take, 
for instance, our WMC meeting — 
that's where I'm going today. There 
is no end to the possibilities. We are 
asked to get up before the group to 
present topics, Bible studies, mis- 
sionary letters, and special numbers. 
Each year a new group is selected to 
serve as officers of the council. We 
study of our missionaries and the 
fields on which they serve. This is 
especially blessed to me for it helps 
me in my prayer life to be more defi- 
nite and more expectant of answers 
from the Lord. Why, it was at one 
of these meetings that I first learned 
to pray in public. 

"And that isn't all. In our meet- 
ings we join in the singing and we 
learn to lead the singing. If we play 
an instrument, we're called upon for 
special numbers; some ladies present 
readings and skits, others are good 
writers and have dedicated this tal- 
ent to the Lord. Oh my, there's a 
place for each one of us in the 
Women's Missionary Council work." 

"Do all the ladies of the church 
belong and participate?" 

"Well, no they don't — but we wish 



they did. We really feel that they 
are missing a blessed opportunity by 
not sharing in the work. However, 
even other doors are open to us in 
our church. There are such things 
as personal work for the Lord . . ." 

"What do you mean by that?" 

"Oh, everyone can share in that. 
You know — going out and calling on 
the sick, visiting in the rest homes 
and hospitals, welcoming the visitors 
and new members, and, more impor- 
tant, winning souls to Christ by 
studying the Scriptures with them. 
It really is wonderful once you get 
started." 

"It surely sounds wonderful the 
way you tell it." 

"And, that's not all. Some of our 
ladies teach Bible school classes, 




Mrs. Ashman 

child evangelism classes, 'Happy 
Hours,' and Brethren Youth Fellow- 
ship groups. Some are leaders of 
the girls in our SMM, others serve 
on church committees and as officers. 
Then too there are openings for 
service in both the district and the 
national organizations of our wom- 
en's work. I could go on, for there 
seems to be no limit in our church." 

"Yes, I can see that. It all sounds 
so challenging. Somehow I never 
felt quite so enthused about it as you 
seem to be. Yes. I've served on 
committees and things like that, but 
I can never say that I ever got a real 
joy out of doing it." 

"I know just how you feel. I was 
that way too until I got a vision of 
something more than just serving on 
a committee. It was not until I 
really became enthused about the 
basic labor of all Christians that 
these other jobs took on new mean- 
ing and thrill. When I became in- 
terested in the lost souls of women 
and children in this town, then all 



my service for the church turned 
into service for the Lord — and it 
was different, believe me! Now I 
just love to teach boys and gMs to 
win them to Christ. I'm not very 
good at it but I always have some 
help with me. Here, take one of 
these tracts — this is a good one, a 
new title that I secured at the church 
just last Sunday. And here's a spe- 
cial one for your little girl — she'U 
love the colored pages in 'The Word- 
less Book.' And I'll be praying for 
both of you." 

"I guess I'm just a little foggy on 
the meaning of service. I thought 
you had to be a missionary lady to 
be in the Lord's work." 

"Oh no, not at all. There are jobs, 
large or small, for every one of us. 
The doors are open; all we need do 
is enter. But, of course, you are 
right about the mission fields. Those 
are places for 'full-time service,' as 
we often call it. And our church 
encourages our ladies to answer the 
call of the Lord to these fields too. 
We already have many women on 
our 5 mission fields; many others are 
especially called as wives of pastors; 
others serve as secretaries for our 
various denominational boards. It's 
true, we don't always get to do just 
what we like best, but we do have 
avenues of service of some kind if 
we are willing to follow the leading 
of the Lord." 

"Tell me, how can you do all these 
things and still take care of your 
home and family — that would wear 
me out for sure." 

"Oh no it wouldn't; you just think 
so because you've never really got- 
ten enthused about the Lord's work. 
I'll admit that some things just don't 
get done at home, but I've learned 
not to worry about it. After aU, 
we're only living here for a little 
while — the Lord wants us to be busy 
for Him. Well, I just must be on 
my way — can't be late, you know." 

"I guess I have taken a lot of your 
time. And, I'll admit, you've got 
something I've wanted for a long 
time. Guess it just isn't for me . . ." 

"It can be — come along to meet- 
ing todaj^ John is working, your 
children are at school, and I've got 
enough lunch for both of us. The 
ladies will be more than happy to 

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OPPORTUNmES FOR MEN IN THE BRETHREN CHURCH 

By Jesse B. Deloe, Editor, Laymen's Page 



I once was asked by a pastor 
friend to speak at his church. Dur- 
ing an afternoon of visitation before 
the evening meeting, we called at the 
home of some folks who attended 
the church occasionally. The father 
of the family, however, had not as 
yet been persuaded that he should 
attend services. 

When, during our conversation, he 
learned that I was to be the speaker 
at the evening service, he expressed 
surprise that a man ■who was not a 
minister was going to preach. It 
was such a novelty to him that his 
interest was aroused, and he at- 
tended that night, along with the 
entire family. Subsequently he came 
to the Lord. 

For Laymen Only 

With that illustration I want to 
point out the opportunities that exist 
for laymen in the church to serve 
the Lord in a way that can be ac- 
complished by no one else. I recog- 
nize the fact that many laymen, un- 
learned perhaps in the Word of God, 
do hesitate to accept positions of re- 
sponsibility in the local church, or 
on committees, or decline opportu- 
nities to teach a Sunday school class. 
And let me say here that I believe 
that a man has the right to decline 
these offers if he honestly believes 
that he is not capable. A man knows 
his own ability and his relationship 
to the Lord, and I sincerely believe 
that much of the Lord's work is be- 
ing done by "willing incompetents." 
The danger, of course, is that a per- 
son may refuse service to the church 
because of selfish reasons. Then, 
it can be readily seen, the Lord has 
lost first place in that person's heart 
and life. 

Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among 
you seven men of honest report, full of the 
Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may ap- 
point over this business. But we will give 
ourselves continually to prayer, and to the 
ministry of the word (Acts 6:3-4). 

In apostolic days the chores of the 
church became a great burden to the 
men who were doing the preaching 
of the Word. In order to alleviate 
this condition men were chosen and 
ordained to do the things in the 
work of the Lord that would relieve 
the preachers and give them more 
time to spend with the Lord in med- 



itation, prayer, and study that they 
might give themselves more fully to 
the spiritual work to which they 
were called. 

Visitation Important 

Laymen today are still being set 
aside to this work, yet it is not, nor 
should not, be confined only to those 
thus chosen. The activities of the 
church present opportunities for lay- 
men that should be grasped by all 
who desire to serve. Not the least in 
importance, I think, is that of visita- 
tion. When I, a layman, call on John 
Smith, or Joe Black, also laymen — 
men who are being prayed for and 
witnessed to by folks in the church — 




Jesse B. Deloe 



I know that my reception is a little 
different from that accorded the pas- 
tor. I know, and you know, of men 
who have deliberately fled when a 
minister called. I know from expe- 
rience that a man will talk freely to 
a layman about things he would not 
mention to a minister, and often the 
very things talked about are used to 
direct the conversation to the things 
of the Lord. Jesus Christ has been 
presented to many a man through 
the efforts of laymen who love the 
Lord and who long to see others 
love Him. 

No Two Cases Alike 

I must emphasize the fact, how- 
ever, that no two cases are alike, 
and I am merely pointing out that 
opportunities for witnessing in some 
cases can be utilized only by a lay- 
man — just as some cases need the 
care and tact that can be supplied 
only by the minister. 



Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, 
as though God did beseech you by us: we 
pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled 
to God (II Cor. 5:20). 

A layman reaches men, if he wants 
to, whose only contact with Jesus 
Christ is through the profane use of 
His name. Opportunities to witness 
to such men occur every day in the 
work of the average layman. I won- 
der how many of us ever think of the 
marvelous opportunity we have of 
enlisting a praying group like the 
Brethren Church in our witnessing. 
The man at the next machine or desk 
can be made the object of much in- 
tercessory prayer if, after you have 
lived before him a Chi-istlike life and 
have presented the claims of Christ 
to him, you can further claim him 
for God by enlisting your local group 
as prayer warriors. What group of 
Brethi'en believers would turn down 
such opportunities for besieging the 
throne of grace for souls? Such a 
burden of praj'er would then go up 
for him that we could in faith look 
for his salvation. 

Opportunities to Learn 

study to shew thyself approved unto God. 
a workman that needed not to be ashamed, 
rightly dividing the word of truth (II Tim. 
2:15). 

Another distinct opportunity that 
laymen have in the Brethren Church 
is that of hearing Bible preaching. 
In these last days, when so many 
different gospels are being preached, 
and when Satan has all his battalions 
busUy engaged in trying to destroy 
the testimony of the only true Gos- 
pel, we can be sure that the men in 
our pulpits are proclaiming the 
truth. We who are privileged to sit 
at the feet of the men who pastor 
the congregations of the National 
Fellowship of Brethren Churches, 
should realize that the opportunities 
of learning the truth of the grace of 
God are greater than those offered 
by the apostate churches of the 
world today. 

Because of these opportunities that 
we laymen have to serve, witness, 
and study, let us resolve to be al- 
ways in that blessed, happy relation- 
ship with our dear Saviour so that if 
and when opportunities for service 
come to us we can always be ready 
and say with Paul, "Lord, what wilt 
thou have me to do?" 



January 31, 1953 



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1953— NOW— TOMORROW MAY BE TOO LATE! 

By Rev. Harold H. Etiing, Chairman, Brethren National Sunday School Board 



Almost 1 month of this new year 
is gone, and yet it is still a new year. 
In many of our Brethren Sunday 
schools with the beginning of this 
new year there have come new offi- 
cers, new teachers, and, we trust, 
many new scholars. 

Your National Sunday School 
Board feels a real responsibility to- 
ward every Sunday school and every 
teacher, officer, and pupil. We feel 
with the Apostle Paul that we are 
"debtors." We must inspire, en- 
courage, and help every Sunday 
school of the National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches to make the year 
1953 a banner year. 

Attendance Records 

January brings another year of 
opportunity for our Sunday schools 
to surpass their own records of at- 
tendance. The harvest is ripe! Now 
is the time to make your plans for an 
increased enrollment and attendance 
in this year. It does not come easy. 
It will take much in the matter of 
prayer. There should be special 
Sunday school cabinet prayer ses- 
sions. 

Then it will mean much time and 
effort in planning for the increased 
attendance. Remember, every gen- 
eral maps out his plan of attack be- 
fore he sends his soldiers out to bat- 
tle. So every Sunday school cabinet 
ought to map out its plan of attack in 
the winning of more boys and girls 
and men and women. 

After the planning comes the ac- 
tion, and we Brethren need to put 
some feet into our prayers. Knee 
action works best when it is moving. 
Praying needs to be supplemented 
with our own earnest effort. Every 
Sunday school teacher and worker 
ought to be enlisted in a program of 
going out to get new scholars. 

Your National Sunday School 
Board stands ready in every area of 
the United States to give you per- 
sonal help in enthusing your work- 
ers, teachers, and pupUs to go out 
this year to break the records. All 
you need to do is call upon us. The 
time to begin to improve, if your 
Sunday school is to succeed in 1953, 
is NOW. Remember, tomorrow may 
be too late! 

January brings another year and 
a new opportunity to begin a teacher 



training program in your church. 
The secret of every successful Sun- 
day school is found in a staff of well- 
trained, efficient Bible teachers. 
There are no short-cuts. The an- 
swer is found only in a teacher train- 
ing class in your local church. Re- 
member, the teacher of God's Word 
has an opportunity greater than any 
other person in all the world. The 
teacher of God's Word teaches for 
today and eternity. Those we teach 
will in turn be teaching others with- 
in a few months or years at the most, 
so that the ultimate harvest is incal- 
culable. 

Your National Sunday School 
Board stands ready to offer materi- 
als and helps to get a teacher train- 
ing class started in your local church. 



Rev. H. H. Etling 

Brethren, we dare not fail. We must 
have a trained group of men and 
women as our teachers. They will 
only be trained as we provide the 
classes for them. Begin now, or if 
you do not know how to begin, call 
upon your National Sunday School 
Board for information and help in 
getting your class started NOW. Re- 
member, tomorrow may be too late! 

Vacation Schools 

January is the month of beginning. 
This ought to say to every Sunday 
school, we must have a daily vaca- 
tion Bible school in our church this 
year and now is the time to plan for 
it. Once again your National Sun- 
day school Board offers its help. We 
will be happy to suggest to you in 
the pages of the Herald, and through 
our own board members, the mate- 
rials you will need to have a suc- 
cessful school. Also we will give 
suggestions that may aid you in 
making your school more efficient 
than ever before. Thousands of bovs 



and girls hear of the Lord Jesus 
through vacation Bible schools that 
will never know Christ in any other 
manner. Why don't you take advan- 
tage now to plan for the best Bible 
school this summer you have ever 
known? Our board has made a spe- 
cial study of this matter and we 
stand ready to assist you. 

Sunday School Convention 

January 1953 is the month of be- 
ginning. Your National Sunday 
School Board is happy to announce 
now the fii'st Brethren Sunday school 
convention on a national scale ever 
held. This convention will meet, be- 
ginning the Sunday evening preced- 
ing our next national conference at 
Winona Lake. Ind. The executive 
committee of national conference has 
given the green light to the plan, and 
your Sunday school board is already 
at work laying the foundation for a 
great Sunday school convention. 

Your church and Bible school 
ought to include in its program for 
this year the matter of urging and 
even of helping your Sunday school 
superintendents, officers, and teach- 
ers to be at this fii'st convention. 
Full details will be announced as 
we come nearer the day of the con- 
vention, but now is the hour to be- 
gin planning to attend, and to get 
others to attend. The convention 
will include workshops for teachers 
and officers of every department and 
age group. It will be a spiritual 
feast, and a real opportunity to learn 
how to do the job that God has given 
us to do. Include the first national 
Sunday school convention in your 
vacation program for 1953. 

January is the month of beginning. 
Does your local Sunday school need 
a vitamin tablet? Do you need help? 
Your National Sunday School Board 
would welcome the opportunity of 
serving you and your church. Sim- 
ply write to us about your needs. 

You win the one next to you. 
And I'll win the one next to me. 
In all kinds of weather, we'll all 
work together. 
And see what can be done. 

If you win the one next to you. 
And I win the one next to me. 
In no time at all, we'll have them all; 
So win them, win them, one by one. 



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YOUTH AND THE BRETHREN CHURCH 

By Rev. Ralph Colburn, National Youth Director 



It has often been said that a 
church is judged by its young peo- 
ple. And that is true! If you want 
to evaluate a strange church, one of 
the first things you should look for 
is a sizeable, well-trained, active 
group of young people. Lack of such 
a group might mean a dying church. 

But how do young people judge a 
church? Of course, by the other 
young people there and by the activ- 
ities of that church. At first young 
people are rarely concerned with 
the doctrine or message of a church, 
as important as they are. At first 
they consider only the variety of 
activities that church offers. 

Program for Youth 

I am happy to be a part of a de- 
nomination that offers a great deal 
of special attention to its youth, and 
provides and encourages a variety 
of activities for them. And most 
of our individual churches follow 
through with an active youth pro- 
gram. 

There are, for instance, our dis- 
trict and national camps. I have had 
the opportunity to investigate and 
visit a lot of denominational and 
interdenominational camps, and be- 
lieve me, very few of them will 
match our camps for activities, inter- 
est, and spiritual results. Many of 
them do not begin to compare with 
ours. 

To maintain the enthusiasm, ac- 
quaintances, and interests created by 
camp, almost all our districts have 
periodic youth rallies and socials for 
the young people. These are spirit- 
ually important and socially whole- 
some. 

Then in our local churches we 
have a variety of youth organiza- 
tions. At least half our churches 
have some type of active boys' club 
now, reaching and keeping boys of 
the difficult age — 9 to 14 years. Many 
churches have older divisions for 
their clubs, too, that are very pop- 
ular and effective. 

Almost all our churches have one 
or more girls' groups, organized un- 
der the Sisterhood of Mary and Mar- 
tha. Some churches have 3 — junior, 
intermediate, and senior groups. 

Then there are the Brethren Youth 
Fellowships, meeting usually on 
Sunday nights, and embracing a wide 



variety of ages. These offer train- 
ing, fellowship, social activities, and 
other advantages for our youth. In 
addition to the Sunday night meet- 
ings many BYF's sponsor regular 
fun nights, singspirations, and even 
hobby nights. 

Challenge for Youth 

But young people need a chal- 
lenge; and the youth of the Brethi'en 
Church are constantly exposed to 
challenges. A growing denomina- 
tion, with a rapidly expanding home 
and foreign mission program, offers 
many branches of interest, aid, and 
service. 

Many large denominations today 
are trying all sorts of schemes to en- 
list young people to train for the 




Rev. Ralph Colburn 

ministry. But we almost need to try 
some schemes to discourage them! 
Our fear is not that of having a 
shortage, but of having a surplus of 
fine, well-trained young people who 
are presenting themselves for the 
pastorates and mission fields of our 
denomination. At the present time 
we have more than 250 young people 
in Christian colleges, Bible institutes, 
and seminaries, most of whom are 
preparing for definite Christian serv- 
ice, and who are desirous of serving 
Christ in the Brethren Church. And 
in the past few years we have been 
gaining more than we have been los- 
ing to other denominations and in- 
terdenominational work. 

Opportunities for Youth 

In addition to the more traditional 
opportunities for pastors and mis- 
sionaries, there have been increasing 
opportunities in our church for evan- 
gelists and teachers and other Chris- 
tian workers. There is still much 



room for invasion of other fields of 
Christian work. For instance, we 
wish more of our churches would 
consider employing a full-time Sun- 
day school and youth worker — a 
field in which there are great pos- 
sibilities. But we are mighty thank- 
ful for the expanding vision of our 
denomination that has been afford- 
ing increased opportunities to our 
youth. And if the Lord permits, we 
feel confident that other specialized 
fields will open to us also. 

Brethren youth have been re- 
sponding to the challenges and op- 
portunities presented. And I trust 
that the rest of us will keep pace 
with them in our faith, our vision, 
and our prayers. God has great 
things for us together — let us not fail 
Him. 



LET'S GET ACQUAINTED 

(Continued From Page 67) 

liam (Ethel) Kolb, who reads and 
marks corrections needed on all 
proof sheets. (See picture of Mrs. 
Kolb in connection with this article.) 
From the proof sheets Brother Deloe 
works in making corrections as noted 
by Mrs. Kolb. When the corrections 
are all made by these 2 working to- 
gether in close harmony, the final 
proof sheets of the completed pages 
are given to the editor and he again 
reads everything that appears in 
each number of the magazine. Then, 
and then only, the paper is ready for 
the presses. 

Now that we are better acquainted 
than we were before this page was 
written and read, we are in a better 
position to pray for each other. This 
number of the Herald will show how 
the entire work of the denomination 
has one meeting place in its official 
paper, for on these pages are pre- 
sented 8 phases of the denomina- 
tion's work. 



MOODY GRADUATES 71 SENIORS 

Diplomas were given to 71 grad- 
uates at the Moody Bible Institute 
January 15. Of these young people 
27 plan to be foreign missionaries, 
12 expect to enter home mission 
fields, and 20 will enter other forms 
of Christian work. 



January 31, 1953 



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THE BRETHREN MINISTRY 

By Rev. Paul E. Dick, President, National Fellowship of Brethren Ministers 



A few days ago I heard a small 
boy say: "The most wonderful thing 
in all the world is to be a Christian." 
To this might be added: "It is also 
wonderful to be called to preach the 
Word of God." 

To the average person the minis- 
try does not have the glamour, the 
color, nor the appeal of inany other 
fields of service. It is just as well, 
for already we have too many quacks 
who are clattering for a hearing, who 
have nothing to say because they 
have never been called by the Lord 
to minister the Word. A person 
called into the ministry with a heav- 
etily calling stands in the most sol- 
emn spot in all the world. 

Throughout the Word of God we 
find records of the Lord seeking out 
men to do His witnessing and His 
work. He sought out Abraham, Da- 
vid, Paul, and Tiinothy, to name but 
a few. Some of the men God sought 
to serve Him tried to ignore or ex- 
cuse themselves from this calling, 
such as Moses and Jonah. Today 
God goes about seeking whom He 
will to serve Him in the ministry of 
reconciliation. The ministry is not 
to be shunned but rather it is to be 
considered a God-given privilege. 

Call to the Ministry 

It has been said, "God's callings 
are God's enablings," and how true. 
The express purpose for which God 
calls a person into the ministry is to 
preach the Word. Paul charged Tim- 
othy to preach the message and to 
stay at it in season and out of season, 
for the time would come when some 
would not listen to wholesome teach- 
ing. Paul also told Timothy "to suf- 
fer hardship, and do your work as a 
herald of the gospel of good news, 
and so fill your ministry to the brim." 

Oh how the Devil often suggests 
to us to compromise on the message 
— the message that tells us to re- 
prove when it is necessary; to re- 
buke when it is necessary; to exhort 
with all long-suffering and doctrine. 
To withhold any portion of God's 
Word in our ministry because of 
possible repercussions is to fail in 
our calling and ordination vows. On 
the other hand, when we faithfully 
proclaim the whole Word, we have 
the promise of the blessing of God 
upon our ministry. 



I am so glad that a call to the min- 
istry can be fully carried out in the 
Brethren Church, where no restric- 
tions or bans ai'e placed upon any 
portion of the Word of God. God's 
Word can be fully preached without 
fear of incurring the wrath and dis- 
pleasure of denominational leaders 
or fellow laborers. 

Challenge of the Ministry 

Never has there been more need 
for laborers than now. The chal- 
lenges are tremendous. Our foreign 
mission fields are calling for more 
help. Home mission fields are be- 
coming more numerous each month. 
Christian leaders in other fields are 
needed. This world knows too little 
of God-fearing men with a challenge 




Rev. Paul Dick 

in their heart — a challenge that will 
send them forth into the fields of the 
world that are already "white unto 
harvest" to reap many trophies of 
God's inarvelous grace. 

As we meet this challenge we can 
do as the bride did in the Song of 
Solomon — "lean upon her beloved." 
We can also say with Jereiniah: "Be 
not afraid of their faces: for I am 
with thee to deliver thee, saith the 
Lord" (1:8). So it was with Paul: 
"Be not afraid, but speak, and hold 
not thy peace: for I am with thee, 
and no man shall set on thee to hurt 
thee: for I have much people in this 
city" (Acts 18:9-10). 

Compensation of the Ministry 

If some of us thought we were go- 
ing to get rich by coming into the 
Brethren ministry we were of all 
men most miserably fooled. Many 
of our ministers at the present hour 
could command better salaries if 
they were in other occupations, and 



some have given up far better pay- 
ing jobs in the matter of dollars than 
what the ministry will ever afford. 
But wait a minute, have we given 
more than we'll ever get through 
serving the Lord? We recall the 
words of Pharaoh's daughter in 
speaking to the mother of Moses, 
"Take this child away, and nurse it 
for me, and I will give thee thy 
wages" (Ex. 2:9). As far as the 
wealth of this world is concerned, we 
are far ahead when we have the 
promise: "But my God shall supply 
all your need according to his riches 
in gloi-y by Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4: 
19). One promise from the owner of 
the cattle on a thousand hills is far 
greater than the wealth of this uni- 
verse. We labor joyously for a sure 
paymaster. 

Take a little trip with me as I 
make my rounds in the ministry and 
see whether it pays. A visit to the 
hospital to see a dying man, with the 
result that he is born again through 
your personal work, and later the 
Lord raises him to health. We come 
down the corridor of the same hos- 
pital and a lady in the hall says, 
"Your radio ministry is a blessing to 
my heart every Sunday morning." 
On the next floor one of the head 
nurses says, "Mr. Dick, why is it that 
the patients here in the hospital from 
your church seem to be different?" 
What a joy to be able to say that this 
is the result of our teaching the 
whole Word of God to our people. 

Go with me now to the country- 
side and a little house on the side of 
the hill. We enter and find a very 
fine Christian lady, a member of our 
church. A recent operation has con- 
fined her that she will never be able 
to attend church again. She is sit- 
ting in the middle of the room with a 
table before her and on the table is 
a Bible and several commentaries. 
She is studying the Word. After a 
few minutes of fellowship she says, 
"Mr. Dick, your radio broadcast is 
my Sunday church service and the 
only church I'll ever be able to at- 
tend." 

Here is a young man who is saved 
as a result of personal work, and as 
he grows in grace he feels called into 
the ministry. Here is a young 
mother who is led from the darkness 

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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



THE [MPORTANCE OF GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 

TO THE BRETHREN CHURCH 



By Dr. Alva J. McClain, President, Grace Theological Seminary 



In phrasing my subject as above I 
have in mind the Brethren Church 
as represented by the congregations 
and organized work of the National 
Fellowship of Brethren Churches. In 
this group there is embodied most 
completely the historic faith and pol- 
ity of the "Brethren." Our congre- 
gations are wholly free from any 
ecclesiastical authority external to 
them, yet they are united in those 
important spiritual bonds which are 
inseparable from a common faith and 
mission. In relation to this Brethren 
movement Grace Theological Semi- 
nary holds a place of high impor- 
tance. 

Its Historical Iviportance 

It was in 1939 that a faction repre- 
senting Ashland College captured 
the general conference by an unfair 
(and probably illegal) parliamentary 
maneuver, leaving at least one-half 
of our Brethi-en churches without 
any effective voice in denominational 
aflairs. The crucial nature of this 
situation appears more clearly in the 
light of the fact that these congrega- 
tions were the ones which had been 
mainly responsible for holding the 
denomination to its historic faith and 
also for the inauguration and sup- 
port of its missionary program. 

During this trying experience, as 
we can see now, it was providential 
that Grace Theological Seminary had 
already been organized and launched 
2 years earlier in 1937 and was a 
successful school when the crisis of 
division arrived. Actually, of course, 
the school had been started on the 
Ashland College campus in 1930; 
and from that year until 1940, when 
the disenfranchised congregations 
formed the National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches, the school had 
served as a center of true Brethren 
faith and fellowship. 

Only those who lived through the 
critical years of 1930-40 and shared 
in the experiences of suffering and 
decision, can possibly appreciate how 
much Grace Seminary meant to our 
churches, our ministers, and our 
missionaries. Even those who sought 
to injure our cause recognized the 
importance of the school by making 



it the chief object of their attack, and 
also by the epithet "Grace-ite," 
which they rather contemptuously 
applied to our churches. This is not 
to overlook other factors of high his- 
torical importance, such as the For- 
eign Missionary Society; but Grace 
Seminary in a peculiar sense became 
the outstanding symbol of every- 
thing else worth while in the strug- 
gle and its consummation. 

Its Theological Importance 

Generally speaking, most of the 
Protestant denominations in this 
country are today suffering from 2 
serious evils: first, there is a sharp 




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theological cleavage which is vari- 
ously described as "liberal-conserv- 
ative" and "modernist-fundamental- 
ist"; and second, the modernist party 
is largely in control. Still further it 
can be said that the effects of this 
situation have been felt to some ex- 
tent by every religious group in 
America. Sooner or later churches 
and leaders have had to decide 
where they would stand in the bat- 
tle. And it has become increasingly 
clear that there is no such thing as 
neutrality. The advocates of "peace" 
who declared they would have no 
part in the controversy, it can nov/ 
be said with assurance, by their very 
attitude of "neutrality" had already 
moved into the camp of the unbe- 
lievers, although sometimes unwit- 
tingly. But the modernist leaders 
have always understood that those 
who were not against them could be 
counted for them. 

In the face of this situation, there- 
fore, it is with a distinct sense of sat- 



isfaction, and also of humble grati- 
tude, that we can affirm regarding 
our group of Brethren churches, 
there is no present indication of any 
such theological cleavage. We have 
no pastor, no missionary, no denom- 
inational official who has any recog- 
nizable leaning toward modem reli- 
gious liberalism or toward its more 
recent rival which bears the misno- 
mer of "Neo-orthodoxy." Further- 
more, we are in general agreement 
even in the difficult field of eschatol- 
ogy. If there is a minister affiliated 
with the National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches who is not an 
enthusiastic premillennialist, I am 
not aware of it. 

Certainly, this happy condition has 
been brought about by various 
causes, but it is also just as certain 
that the ministry of Grace Theolog- 
ical Seminary has been one of the 
most potent of these causes. For 
nearly a quarter of a century (1930- 
53) this school, with its present large 
and representative controlling board, 
has stood without wavering for a 
verbally inspired Bible and its great 
truths of Christian revelation, de- 
clining to make any concessions 
whatever to the liberal tendencies of 
the hour. 

Its Practical Importance 

Competent observers have more 
than once pointed out that no reli- 
gious group in known history has 
ever been able to perpetuate itself 
without making some adequate pro- 
vision for the training of its own 
leaders. This fact is becoming more 
apparent than ever in view of the 
present moral and religious situa- 
tion. Orthodox Christian churches 
of various affiliations are recognizing 
the need for not only higher educa- 
tion but also secondary schools for 
the training of their future leader- 
ship. 

Grace Theological Seminary has 
already in the brief period of its ex- 
istence supplied training for a very 
large proportion of our Brethren 
ministers, missionaries, and teachers. 
And its remarkable growth as a 
school constitutes the surest guaran- 

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BRETHREN HOME MISSIONS 

THE FOUNDATION OF BRETHREN GROWTH AND TESTIMONY 
By Rev. Luther L. Grubb, Secretary, Brethren Home Missions Council 



It Has Been True in the Past! 

Over 65 of our present Brethren 
churches were either started or as- 
sisted by Brethren home missions. 
These churches help support foreign 
missions, Grace Seminary, pubhca- 
tions, and home missions, as well as 
other auxiliary Brethren organiza- 
tions. These churches are providing 
students for Grace Seminary and 
other Christian schools. 

These churches are providing mis- 
sionaries for the foreign fields of the 
world. These churches are provid- 
ing pastors and home missionaries in 
the United States. These churches 
are providing laymen that are pow- 
erful testimonies for Christ in every 
walk of life. These churches are 



reaping the harvest of souls in the 
areas where they are located. 




Rev. L. L. Grubb 

It Must Be True in the Future! 

Four million new babies will be 
born in 1953 at the present rate! 



How many of these 4,000,000 will be 
enrolled in cradle rolls of Brethren 
Sunday schools? Forty-two million 
is the anticipated gain in population 
for the United States from 1950 to 
1975. How many of foese 42,000,000 
will we reach for Christ and the 
Brethren Chuixh in the next 25 
years? 

Seventy million people in the 
United States today are without any 
church affiliation! How many of 
these 70,000,000 will the Brethren 
Church reach? Nine new churches 
are needed every day of every year 
in the next 25 years to provide 1 for 
every 500 population increase! How 
many of the 9 new churches needed 
each day will the Brethren Church 
build? 



DOORS OF SERVICE . . . 

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have you join us, and there certainly 
is plenty of work to do. Come along! 

"Well, I guess I could. I surely 
would like to get some of the thrill 
in serving the Lord you seem to 
have. Yes, I'll go with you!" 

That afternoon, after lunch was 
over, the boxes packed, and the 
prayer circle completed, a much- 
enlightened lady began to feel the 
thrill of serving the Lord for the 
love of it and not out of duty alone. 
Several meetings later she began to 
feel the spiritual need of her life, and 
she, with her family, soon accepted 
the pastor's invitation to take Christ 
as Lord and Saviour and become ac- 
tive members of the church. 

It wasn't long until she discovered 
that there were great and effectual 
doors opened unto her. She discov- 
ered she could use her hands in pre- 
paring and packing much-needed 
mission boxes. She could use her 
voice in singing specials and in the 
church choir. She could use her 
talents to speak, read, and conduct 
meetings. In due time she was called 
upon to act as a committee chairman, 
then an officer, and then a teacher in 
the Bible school. She learned early 
the thrill of winning souls to Christ, 
and this gave impetus and meaning 



to all her work in the local church. 
The door of devotion was entered 
eagerly. Effective Bible study in- 
creased her knowledge of the Word 
of God. 

And one glad day, when a mis- 
sionary reached into the "missionary 
chest" and chose one of her pieces 
of handiwork to take along to Ar- 
gentina, her heart was thrilled again 
and anew. It was then that she de- 
termined to pray daily for every 
missionary on every field of her 
church. The doors were great and 
effectual and she was anxiously en- 
tering therein. All because one 
woman of the Brethren Church ap- 
preciated the many dooi's of service 
open to her and, entering in herself, 
invited another to come along. 



GIDEONS TO MEET IN SEATTLE 

The 54th annual convention of 
Gideons International is scheduled 
for Seattle, Wash., July 22-27. the 
Lord willing. Arrangements are 
being made to take delegates to the 
convention in special cars over sev- 
eral railroad systems. 

The Gideons are layinen banded 
together for the express purpose of 
distributing the Word of God every- 
where possible. Mr. D. J. DePree, 
of Zeeland, Mich., is president of 
Gideons International. 



THE IMPORTANCE OF GRACE . . . 

(Contimied From Page 73) 

tee that our Brethren churches and 
missions will not lack an educated 
leadership in the future. 

Its Denominational Importance 

Our group of Brethren churches 
have always been known favorably 
for our recognition and fellowship 
with other believing churches and 
schools regardless of denominational 
affiliation. Some of our most suc- 
cessful ininisters have received their 
training in such schools. But all will 
agree that non-Brethren schools, by 
the very nature of the case, cannot 
provide education in our distinctive 
Brethi-en doctrines and practices. 
Neither can such schools be expected 
to emphasize properly our Brethren 
interests, our Brethren missions, and 
our Brethren programs, and keep 
them before the eyes of Brethren 
students. This is something possible 
only at a school which is supported, 
controlled, and manned by those who 
are themselves Brethren in faith. 
Since Grace Seminary is the only 
Brethren institution of higher edu- 
cation of this character, it occupies 
a place of unique importance in re- 
lation to the work of the denomina- 
tion. 



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10 BLESSINGS FROM FOREIGN MISSIONS FOR ALL OF US 

By Dr. Russell D. Barnard, General Secretary of the Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren Church 



Blessing No. 1 — Hallowed History. 
The accompanying article, "Recol- 
lections of Allen Bennett," prepared 
at my request by Dr. Vansteen- 
berghe, of the Belgian Gospel Mis- 
sion, reminds us not only of Allen 
Bennett but of the many missionaries 
who have given their lives and whose 
bodies are planted in foreign soil. 
Others crowded in these sacred 
memories of the Brethren Church 
are Miss Mae Snyder, Mrs. Mary 
Rollier, James Gribble, Dr. Florence 
Cribble, Lester Kennedy, Miss Edna 
Patterson, Joseph Foster, and Clar- 
ence L. Sickel. 

Blessing No. 2 — Expanded Hori- 
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dear ones in Christ serving in 5 
fields on 4 continents. 

Blessing No. 3 — Impelling Prayer 
Interest. In the Brethren Church 
prayer for foreign missions comes 
almost in the same breath with 
thanking God for daily food. 

Blessing No. 4 — Christ-Honoring 
Ministry. Whether we are among 
"those who go" or "those who send 
them," we are still a part of a God- 
given, Christ-commanded, Spirit- 
blessed ministry. Those on the bat- 
tle line and those supplying the 
equipment are both needed. 

Blessing No. 5 — Christian Dynaraic. 
A right attitude toward getting the 
Gospel out will do much in solving 
church problems at home. God pours 
so much of His power through the 
pipes of foreign missions. 

Blessing No. 6 — Life Challenge. 
Who in childhood has not said, "I 
want to be a foreign missionary"? 
Many of those serving today are 
those who made such decisions in 
childhood. 

Blessing No. 7 — Rapidly Growing 



Church. There are about 20,000 
faithful believers in our various 
fields. We are a part of the Breth- 
ren Church in Africa, Argentina, 
Baja California, Brazil, France, and 
Hawaii, as well as in the United 
States. 

Blessing No. 8— A Lije oj Faith. 
Who walks by faith more than the 
foreign missionary? The story of 
his work, in letter and in printed 
page, encourages and inspires us to 
a life of faith. 

Blessing No. 9 — Unselfish Love. 
"Me and my wife, my son John and 
his wife — we four and no more" has 
no place in foreign missionary think- 
ing. All become precious in our 
sight because they are precious in 
His sight. 

Blessing No. 10 — Compelling Ex- 
ample. I have known no people 
whose examples of unselfish service 
do more to bring forth like service 
in us than do foreign missionaries. 

BLESS YOURSELF IN BLESS- 
ING FOREIGN MISSIONS. 



MY RECOLLECTIONS OF ALLEN 
BENNETT 

By Dr. 0. Vansteenberghe 

Among the many people of God 
whom it has been my privilege to 
meet in the course of 30 years in the 
service of the Lord in Belgium, none 
stands out with a sweeter fragrance 
than Allen Lee Bennett of the For- 
eign Missionary Society of the Breth- 
ren Church. He came to Belgium to 
learn French and at once endeared 
himself to all who knew him. His 
stay was a long one because his lin- 
guistic abilities were meager, as hu- 
man estimation goes. It is quite pos- 
sible that the accident which he had 
suffered had something to do with 
this difficulty — a railroad accident 
in California had mauled his body. 
There were very few bones in his 
body that were not broken; only his 
spirit was left intact and brought 
him through the weary months of 
hospitalization. I have heard him 
tell this story many a time and al- 
ways he concluded it by saying, "As 
the Lord healed me miraculously. I 
felt that I belonged to Him in a spe- 
cial way and thus it was a mere 
logical conclusion for me to offer 



myself for Christian service and 
obey the call to the mission field." 

Allen was no linguist. I often tried 
to correct his French, but the most 
I got from him in return was a slight 
improvement in his pronunciation, 
and apparently this improvement did 
not stick but left him very soon. 
Allen had, however, a smile which I 
have never seen on the face of any 
other man. It was not difficult to 
read in it the constraining love of 
the Lord Jesus Christ. It was this 
smile which endeared him to all who 
knew him and in a very short time it 
seemed to us that Allen belonged to 
the Belgian Gospel Mission. 

At last the time came when Allen 
left for the mission field. Then a 




Allen Bennett 

few weeks later the news came of 
his passing. He finished his earthly 
pilgrimage a day or two out of Ban- 
gui. Dr. Florence Gribble, writing 
about this, said that on the day after 
his burial, as she passed by the 
grave, she saw the 2 boys who had 
been with Allen kneeling upon his 
grave weeping. He had led them to 
the Lord because he had shown them 
in his very countenance that Christ 
was a glorious reality and was able 
to communicate to him that which 
forcibly reminded other men of God. 
Allen's career was not a long one, 
but he ran the course set out for 
him by the Master of the harvest 
until the voice, "Well done," came 
to him. I have Allen's picture in my 
office and, in these more than 25 
years, looking into his face has been 
an inspiration to my own soul. Allen 
has taught me the lesson to do for 
the Lord the little things that He has 
prepared for us and to give to the 
doing of these such a quality as will 
leave a lasting impression on those 
to whom we minister. "He, being 
dead, yet speaketh"! 



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THE REVISED STANDARD VERSION 

By Rev. Kenneth Ashman, Wooster, Ohio 



(This message was presented on 
"Your Morning Devotions," Radio 
Wooster, Sunday, December 14 — 
Universal Bible Sunday. — Editor.) 

For the past several centuries one 
version of the Bible stood out above 
all others. It is the commonly used 
and accepted King James Version — 
the K. J. V. In recent years, how- 
ever, a whole flood of new versions 
has come upon us, the latest of 
which is the much-acclaimed Re- 
vised Standard Version — the R. S. V. 
— produced through the cooperative 
efforts of the Division of Christian 
Education of the National Council of 
the Churches of Christ in the United 
States of America and Thomas Nel- 
son & Sons, the publishers. The New 
Testament translation was completed 
and printed in 1946. The work on 
the Old Testament was completed in 
1952. The whole Bible, as revised, 
was presented to the public Septem- 
ber 30, 1952. It has been acclaimed 
as "the greatest Bible news in 341 
years." 

Never before in history did a piece 
of printed matter have so much pub- 
licity afforded it before its appear- 
ance, nor was the reported $850,000 
spent on advertising a losing ven- 
ture. Already the first edition of 
over a million copies has been sold, 
and many people, it is reported, are 
waiting for their copies of the new 
version. This big boom in Bible 
buying is a healthy thing. The only 
question in the minds of conserva- 
tive scholars is: "What effect will 
this new version have upon the 
thinking and the convictions of its 
readers?" The answer to this ques- 
tion is reserved for the generations 
ahead. Not until men have used it 
extensively, if they do, for a period 
of years will it become apparent just 
what it may have done to the reli- 
gious thinking of the people of the 
world. It has already been predict- 
ed, and we agree, that this new ver- 
sion will be widely read for a sea- 
son. Eventually, however, it will be 
relegated to the reference shelf with 
numerous other versions. The peo- 
ple, that is those who read their 
Bibles consistently and not by spurts 
under pressure, will return to the 
time-honored and God-honored King 
James Version. . . . 



The Revised Stayidard Version 

Now let's see what this new ver- 
sion is all about. What is new about 
it? Why has it had such a buildup? 
What is behind the claims advanced 
by the committee of revision? What 
has prompted the violent reactions 
that have come as a result of its 
publication? Generally, there have 
been three attitudes manifest toward 
the new version. 

(1) The Liberals, and by these we 
mean the modern scholars who feel 
at liberty to accept or reject any or 
all portions of the Bible as being the 
Word of God, have put their stamp 
of approval on the R. S. V. In fact, 



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most of them did so before they had 
even seen copies of the work, before 
ever reading and comparing its con- 
tents with other versions. To say 
the least, this attitude was very un- 
scholarly. If it is an indication of 
the general procedure in the pro- 
duction of the R. S. v., then we have 
good grounds for doubting the value 
of the whole matter. However, in 
all fairness, we must conclude that 
the 32-man committee who worked 
on the R. S. V. surely must have 
been more scholarly than their ar- 
dent supporters who accepted their 
labors hook, line, and sinker before 
even seeing the work in print. 

(2) The extreme Fundamentalists, 
who have gone to all lengths to show 
their disregard for, and utter lack of 
trust in the new version. Some of 
these have gone so far as to burn 
copies thereof publicly. Surely such 
must have been an unwise deed, re- 
gardless of the merits or demerits of 
the new version. It is reported that 
one church group in Florida de- 
scribed the R. S. V. as "an attempt 
of the Devil to discredit the eternal 



Word of God." Others have called 
the R. S. V. "a blasphemous Bible." 

It is to be i-emembered that Bible 
revisions, with their authors, have 
been the butt of criticism ever since 
Scripture was written. Wycliffe, one 
of the early scholars who made the 
English Bible a reality, and from 
whose translation many of our Eng- 
lish Bibles of today are copies, was 
declared to have been "moved by 
Satan" when he translated the Scrip- 
tures from the Latin to the English. 
They said of him, "He has even made 
the Bible available to women." The 
Pope, 40 years after Wycliffe's death, 
was so incensed with his so-called 
unholy deed that he ordered Wy- 
cliffe's bones exhumed and burned. 

Now any intelligent Bible student 
of today will know that Wycliffe, 
Tyndale. and a host of other schol- 
ars who have given us translations 
and revisions have done a very 
worthy service to the Christian and 
the church. We must be careful, 
lest in our eagerness to hold on to 
what we have, we do not un^stly 
accuse those who may be used of 
the Lord. 

(3) The Conservatives, both lib- 
eral and fundamental, are those peo- 
ple who have tried to make a sensi- 
ble appraisal of the R. S. V. to dis- 
cover its merits and demerits, its 
dangers, and its points of recom- 
mendation. In our file are many 
articles, much material, and extend- 
ed studies on the matter. We have 
gleaned the source material for this 
message from scholars on both sides 
of the controversy. The only claim 
we make to originality is the manner 
in which the information is being 
presented. Your speaker is a con- 
servative Bible student. I do not 
agree with the tendencies of the lib- 
erals. Therefore, it is to be expected 
that a critical view of any tampering 
with the Bible text should be taken. 
We neither give blind approval to 
the R. S. v., nor do we lend ourself 
to biased disapproval. 

Definitions 

It would seem imperative that we 
determine some meanings before 
trying to properly appraise the R. 
S. V. 

(1) A version is a translation from 
one language to another. In this 



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study it means the transporting of 
actual words from the original lan- 
guage of the Scriptures into equiv- 
alent English words. In this sense, 
a "version" might also be called a 
"translation." 

(2) A revision is the working over 
of a version, changing words and 
phrases to make them more like the 
original from whence they came. 
Revisions are prompted when there 
seems to be additional light on such 
things as the original text, the usage 
of words, and related supporting evi- 
dence, such as archeology, the find- 
ing of older manuscripts, and the 
increased skill in actual translating. 

(3) The King James Version is 
that version presented in 1611 by 47 
conservative scholars of that day, 
under the instruction of the then 
ruling monarch of the British Em- 
pire. It was primarily based upon 
the earlier versions such as the 
Geneva Bible, the Great Bible, the 
Coverdale Bible, Tyndale's transla- 
tion, and Wycliffe's version. All of 
these, in turn, were from the Vul- 
gate, or Latin version of the 4th 
century. 

(4) The English Standard Version 
of 1881, and its American contem- 
porary, the American Standard Ver- 
sion of 1901, were revisions of the 
King James Version in the light of 
older manuscripts, recent archeolog- 
ical discoveries, and increased schol- 
arly ability. In our estimation these 
versions made clear any doubtful 
passages of the K. J. V. No new 
translation seemed to be warranted 
in the light of these scholarly en- 
deavors. 

(5) The Revised Standard Version, 
the revision and translation so- 
called, recently published, purports 
to be a true-to-the-original revision 
of the King James Version. In this 
work, wordings have been changed, 
correcting the Elizabethan English 
phrasing into modern language Also 
numerous textual changes have been 
made. In the main, criticisms of the 
new work have been leveled against 
the textual changes because they ob- 
viously distort accepted Biblical 
doctrines. 

(6) Inspiration means that the 
original manuscripts were, in He- 
brew, Greek, and some minor lan- 
guages, exactly what God wanted 
them to be. The actual words were 
God's (verbal inspiration). "Holy 
men of old spoke as they were 
moved by the Holy Ghost." "All 
scripture is given by inspiration of 
God." One must remember that 



there is no claim made for the in- 
spiration of any particular version. 
All versions are translations of 
copies of the original manuscripts. 
There has always been the possibil- 
ity of miscopyings, lost portions, mis- 
translations, and misusage. It should 
be the quest of each Bible scholar to 
find that rendering which is the 
nearest to the wording of the orig- 
inals. In this respect, all versions 
may have some merit and may shed 
some light upon the study. . . . 

It needs to be remembered, how- 
ever, that the same Holy Spirit who 
inspired the originals also brings to 
mind the right translations to yield- 
ed scholars. It is thus apparent that 
the attitude of the translators, and 
their degree of consecration to the 




indwelling Holy Spirit, is a great 
factor in the determination of the 
value of their labors. 

Merits of the R. S. V. 

It is to be admitted that the R. S. 
V. has some merits. 

(1) It has stimulated widespread 
interest in the Scriptures. Perhaps 
more attention has been focused on 
the Word of God in recent months 
than in any one similar period of 
time heretofore. Also more people 
are Bible-conscious. They are be- 
ginning to read the Book, to see just 
what is within the covers of this 
much-discussed volume. . . . 

(2) It is true that there have been 
many changes in word usage since 
the 16th century, when the K. J. V. 
appeared. We are told that there 
are approximately 300 word changes 
in the R. S. V. In the main, these 
have been acceptable and helpful. 
An example of one such change 
would be the description applied to 
the wives of Solomon. In the K. J. 
V. they are described as "outland- 
ish." Now they may well have been 
that kind of women. However, the 
R. S. V. more accurately uses the 



word "foreign." They were foreign 
women who turned the heart of Sol- 
omon away from the true God. 

(3) In several instances, according 
to reliable reports, they have added 
words that appeared in the accepted 
early manuscripts but which were 
missed in the K. J. V., either through 
errors in copying, or mistakes in the 
translations. Insofar as these addi- 
tions are warranted by the originals, 
they must be accepted as a good 
thing. This is a point for the manu- 
script authorities to determine. 

(4) The publishers of the R. S. V. 
claim that its language, that of up- 
to-date English, will be a boon to 
Bible reading and understanding. 
They argue that the older English 
translation was hard to read and 
hard to understand. The more sim- 
plified reading will be a great help, 
so they contend. We have serious 
doubts as to the merit of the claim. 
We feel that something is lost when 
the traditional language of the ear- 
lier English versions is sacrificed. 
Putting the Bible into modern speech 
may relegate it to the position of 
"just another book" among many 
books. . . . 

It doesn't take an intellectual 
giant to understand that the merits 
claimed for the R. S. V. are rather 
superficial. The revision commit- 
tee has boldly claimed that they had 
no purpose in mind of changing the 
meaning of the text, or of reading 
into the new version their own lib- 
eral theology. Since this is their 
avowed purpose, it would seem that 
they went to a great deal of expen- 
diture of both time and funds to cor- 
rect a few words and phrases. We 
are convinced that there is no por- 
tion of the K. J. V. but that could 
be understood by any intelligent 
searcher after the truth of God's 
Word. That their labors of correc- 
tion are not lasting is evidenced by 
the report that already some 80 
changes have been made in the New 
Testament — revisions of the work of 
the revisers, a work only 6 years old. 

Demerits of the R. S. V. 

That there are serious faults in 
this newer version is agreed by 
open-minded Bible students. Here 
are some of them. (There are a 
multitude more.) 

(1) The translators (revision com- 
mittee) are liberals. These 32 schol- 
ars stated, in the words of Doctor 
Bowie, as he made known what the 
committee had in mind, that they 
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"actually what the writers meant for 
us to understand." In other words, 
they were not so much concerned 
about being genuine translators as 
they were anxious to be interpreters. 
Versions are for the purpose of 
translating the exact words of the 
original manuscripts. Revisions are 
for the purpose of ascertaining the 
accuracy of the versions. These 
scholars were more concerned in 
getting across meanings, not words. 
Theirs could almost be termed a 
"thought revision." not a "verbal 
revision." Now it obviously must 
be concluded that their liberal the- 
ological tendencies would appear in 
their labors, as indeed they have. 
Here are some examples: 

(a) In Revelation 22:20 the K. J. V. 
says. "Surely I come quickly." The 
R. S. V. changes this to read, "Surely 
I am coming soon." Now these 
statements are not the same. The 
suddenness, the unexpectedness, the 
surprise of His coming are revealed 
in the word "quickly." But the ele- 
ment of time is involved in the 
phrase "coming soon." The former 
properly relates the truth about the 
blessed second coming. The latter 
would tend to pour water on the 
wheel of the scoffer when he says: 
"Where is the promise of his com- 
ing? ... all things continue as from 
the beginning." 

(b) hi Micah 5:2, where the proph- 
et tells of the coming of Christ as the 
Babe in Bethlehem, he rightly says: 
"Whose goings forth have been from 
of old, from everlasting." This clear- 
ly indicates that Christ is eternal, 
that He was preexistent with the 
Father before the world began. 
However, the R. S. V. wrongly states 
it: "Whose origin is from of old, from 
ancient days." Here is an attempt, 
purposeful or otherwise we cannot 
say. to destroy the Biblical doctrine 
of the eternal nature of the Son of 
God. 

(c) In Colossians 1:14, which reads, 
"In whom we have redemption 
through his blood, even the forgive- 
ness of sins," the revisers have left 
out the word "blood," even though 
it appears in the best manuscripts. 
Here, without reason, they have 
dropped a fiiTn statement pertaining 
to the blood atonement, one of the 
cardinal doctrines of the Scriptures. 
We will not read a reason into their 
actions. However, of the 32 mem- 
bers of the revision committee, it is 
well known that not one is an out- 
spoken exponent of the salvation by 



blood taught by the blessed Word 
of God. 

(d) In Luke 1:34, in speaking of 
the Virgin Mary, the espoused wife 
of Joseph, in the events centering 
around the blessed nativity, we note 
another gross mistranslation. Mary 
said to the angel: "How shall this be. 
seeing I know not a man?" (The 
original means a "man of maturity, 
of full stature.") The R. S. V. has 
it: "Since I have no husband." There 
is a vast deal of difference between a 
virgin who has never been carnally 
touched by a man, than simply a 
young woman who has no husband. 
A virgin, untouched by a man, is 
pure, chaste, holy. A woman with- 
out a husband could be the vilest of 
creatures should she be so minded. 
Mary was more than a husbandless 
young maiden — she was an undefiled 
virgin, a pure vessel to be used of 
the Holy Spirit for the miraculous 
conception of Jesus. Here the new 
version errs greatly from both the 




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original text and the original mean- 
ing. And there is little excuse for 
the mistake. 

This same problem of the virgin 
birth is involved in the translation 
of Isaiah 7:14. While it is admitted 
that there may be a choice of words 
in the Isaiah passage, it must be also 
admitted that in light of the mean- 
ing given exclusively in the New 
Testament to a quotation of the 
Isaiah passage, it should have been 
translated "virgin" instead of simply 
"young woman," as in the R. S. V. 
Are they questioning the virgin 
birth? 

(2) The arbitrary use of pronouns 
is another striking demerit of the 
R. S. V. When these pronouns re- 
fer to God, the terms "Thee" and 
"Thou" are used. However, when 
referring to Chi'ist, the terms "you" 
and "yours" are substituted. For 
example, in Matthew 16:16, where 
Peter makes his great confession, it 
reads in the R. S. V.: "You are the 
Christ, the Son of the living God." 
In the K. J. V. it reads: "Thou art 



the Christ, the Son of the living 
God." This mistranslation lowers 
Jesus to the level of man. In fact, 
one would have trouble distinguish- 
ing the Christ from even the Devil, 
in this respect, for the same transla- 
tions are used for both. This is an 
obvious attempt to rob Christ of His 
deity. His oneness with the Father. 
Furthermore, these revisers set 
themselves up as a final court of 
decision as to whether the original 
writers were referring to God the 
Father, or God the Son. I would 
rather trust in the decisions of the 
blessed Holy Spirit who made them 
to be one. 

It occurs to me that much damage, 
other than doctrinal, would be done 
to some of our choice passages of 
literature were we to adopt this 
new use of Biblical pronouns. Now 
we will have to sing: "My faith 
looks up to you, you Lamb of Cal- 
vary," or- "You, the fount of every 
blessing." Even our patriotism will 
be altered, if we are consistent, for 
we must now sing: "My country 'tis 
of you, sweet land of liberty, of you 
I sing." Sounds absurd, doesn't it? 
Don't blame me — it's their idea, not 
mine. Personally, I don't like it any 
better than you do. 

(3) Paraphrasing is another seri- 
ous demerit of the R. S. V. Para- 
phi-asing means "to restate a passage 
in different words." Now transla- 
tors are to give the exact equivalent 
in words of any text, not to try to 
convert the original into another 
language in meaning only. An ex- 
ample of their fault here is found in 
I Corinthians 3:4, whei-e one says, "I 
am of Paul," the simple genitive of 
the Greek being used. The R. S. V. 
reads, "I belong to Paul," implying 
that the speaker was the possession 
of the apostle. Such is not the 
meaning of the text, though the re- 
visers, for some reason known to 
themselves, wanted to make it so. 

(4) The revision committee, all 32 
of them, are reportedly avowed mod- 
ernists. We do not know one among 
them who will openly defend the 
great fundamentals of the faith as 
we believe them: such as the virgin 
birth, the new birth, the blood atone- 
ment, the bodily resurrection of the 
saints, and the second coming of 
Christ. It would be utter nonsense 
to suppose that such scholars could 
produce a version without reading 
into it their liberal, anti-Biblical be- 
liefs. That they have read their own 
thoughts into the R. S. V. is appar- 
ent from the examples we have 



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shown. Therefore, while the R. S. V. 
may be a boon to the liberalist, it is 
a danger to the conservative scholar 
who wants to know what God said 
and not what men think He said. 

It is interesting to note that these 
32 members of the revision commit- 
tee have agreed that none of their 
labors have altei'ed, in any sense, the 
plain meanings of the King James 
Version. In the light of their sup- 
posed increased knowledge, their 
later findings, and their greater 
scholarship, it seems rather odd that 
they could find no new thing to add 
to the K. J. V. Evidently God was 
moving the pens of those earlier re- 
visers and translators. Certainly, if 
it took all these extra props to bring 
the recent revisers to the truth, these 
earlier men of God must have been 
blessed with extra divine help. We 
believe they were — in a way that no 
liberal scholar could ever hope to be. 
Here is room for much thought, is 
it not? 

Conclusion 

It has disturbed me to note the 
claim that now, finally, we do have 
an "authorized version." Author- 
ized by whom? By an organization 
of church leaders, all of whom are 
avowedly liberal in their attitude to- 
ward the Scriptures. Let it be re- 
membered that the Bible needs no 
human authorization, especially from 
those who misuse its very context. 
This is God's Word! He authorized 
it thousands of years ago — yes, be- 
fore the foundation of the world. 
Men's acts can neither augment nor 
abrogate that divine authority. It is 
written: "If any man shaU add unto 
these things, God shall add unto him 
the plagues of this book: and if any 
man shall take away from the words 
of the book of this prophecy, God 
shall take away his part out of the 
book of life, and out of the holy city" 
(Rev. 22:18-19). And while this 
prophecy pertains primarily to the 
last book of the Bible, the principle 
involved is true of all Scripture. 



Blessed Names of Our Lord 



■By Rev. Charles Ashman, Rittman, Ohioi 



YFC INTERNATIONAL TO MEET 

Plans are being made to hold the 
9th annual convention of Youth for 
Christ International at Winona Lake, 
Ind., June 28-July 12. According to 
Dr. Robert Cook, president of the 
movement, approximately 3,000 del- 
egates, in addition to thousands of 
visitors, will attend the rally. 



V. THE SCEPTRE. 



"A Sceptre shall rise out of Israel" 
(Num. 24:17). The sceptre is the 
symbol of power. So is our Lord 
the symbol and the instrument of 
God's limitless power. 

Elsewhere in the Book the Lord 
Christ is called, "the Power of God," 
"the Great God," "the Mighty God," 
"the Almighty," and "the Overcom- 
er." Each of these titles displays the 
truth of Christ's omnipotence as a 
member of the Godhead. The crea- 
tion is His kingdom — all the power 
and the glory are His. All else will 
some day fall and bow the knee to 
His great power and authority, for 
He is the Sceptre of God. 

But how marvelous and thrilling 
to know that all that power has been 
given as a source of strength and 
protection to God's children. He is 
our Banner for us to follow; but as 
well He is called our "Fortress," our 
"Buckler," our "Shield," our 
"Strength," and our "Strong Tower." 
All these titles signify the same pow- 
er, not in authority and rule alone, 
but also in personal and careful as- 
sistance and help. We often fail to 
appropriate this great truth because 
the majesty and power of God make 
us think He is too "big" to care. 



when in reality that very character- 
istic of greatness makes our God 
and our Saviour responsive to the 
need and weakness of His own chil- 
dren. 

Psychiana, a religious movement 
of late origin, claims to have exclu- 
sive hold on the power of God. Ac- 
tually the movement does not even 
recognize Christ, who is that power 
in action. But how precious the 
thought that to every Chi-istian there 
is an ever-ready source of protective 
power — God's own Son, our Saviour. 

The Sceptre of God, who will rule 
the world, 
In love lifts the man who in sin 
once fell; 
The power that judges is the power 
that saves; 
The mighty God is our Fortress as 
well. 

The great God, Almighty, O'ercomer, 
and King — 
Our Fortress, our Buckler — pro- 
tection is He; 
The Power of God which created 
each thing. 
Is ready to help whenever we 
need. 



THE BRETHREN MINISTRY 

(Continued From Page 72) 

of Catholicism into the glorious light 
of Christ and she enters the waters 
of baptism. 

On and on we could go. But wait, 
what about those things we gave up 
to enter the ministry? Why, they 
are but trifling mites in comparison 
to these rich spiritual blessings 
which come from serving the risen 
Saviour. The ministry with all its 
compensation is a challenge to all 
who are in Christ Jesus. 

May all of us remember Paul's 
words to the people at Thessalonica: 
"Faithful is he that calleth you, who 
will also do it" (I Thess 5:24). Let 
us also remember his admonition to 
the Ephesians: "I therefore, the pris- 
oner of the Lord, beseech you that 



VACATION WITH A PURPOSE 

Park of the Palms at Keystone 
Heights in central Florida is the lo- 
cation of an extended Bible confer- 
ence during the present winter-va- 
cation season. Rooms and meals are 
available on the grounds. Here is a 
place for Christians from the north 
to spend their vacations with profit. 

Among the speakers for the cur- 
rent season are Dr. M. R. DeHaan, 
Dr. Horace Dean, Dr. Jesse Hendley, 
Dr. G. Allen Fleece, Dr. Jack Wyrt- 
zen. Dr. John Zoller, Dr. E. Schuyler 
English, and Dr. Bob Jones, Jr. 



ye walk worthy of the vocation 
wherewith ye are called (Eph. 4:1). 
The Brethren ministry presents a 
field of service unequaled in history. 
Will you accept the challenge? 



January 31, 1953 



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NEWS 





CHURCHES 



Whittier, California (Community) 

Six new members have recently 
been received, 2 by baptism and 4 
by letter from another Brethren 
church. This brings our total mem- 
bership to 65 people. 

A record attendance of 386 people 
was recorded on December 21, 1952 
— Christmas Sunday. 

Rev. Earl Poipti was our speaker 
for both services on January 11. — 
(This report was received unsigned. 
Ed.) 

Tracy, California 

A revival broke out last Sunday 
evening (January 11) at our church. 
A young man, recently discharged 
from military service, came forward 
to offer himself for full-time service 
for the Lord. Then others came, 1 at 
a time, until 23 people were standing 
in the front part of the church. Some 



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_tev. and tirs. alaine Snyder 
tfinona Lake, Ind. 



of these were for salvation, some for 
assurance of salvation, and others to 
yield themselves completely to the 
Lord for service. 

An average of 92 people attended 
our Sunday school each Sunday in 
1952 and an average of 34 attended 
the midweek prayer meetings. 

The trustees have been authorized 
to proceed with a program of paint- 
ing parts of the building. 

The congregation gave our pastor. 
Rev. William Clough, a unanimous 
vote to continue as pastor for an- 
other year, — Joene Toon, secretary. 

Wooster, Ohio 

During 1952 the average attend- 
ance in the morning worship was 
214 people, with an average of 149 
in the evening service, 187 in the 
Bible school, and 62 in prayer meet- 
ing. 

In the course of the year there 
were 58 public fii'st-time confes- 
sions of faith, 27 baptisms, 13 recon- 
secrations, 5 babies dedicated, 8 fu- 
nerals, and 3 weddings. During the 
year 26 new members were received 
into the church, bringing the mem- 
bership to 203 persons. The pastor 
made 568 calls and received 897 let- 



PRAY FOR THESE SPECIAL MEETINGS 



Church 



Dates 



Pastor 



San Bernardino, 

Calif Jan. 

Russiaville, Ind. . Jan. 
Beaumont, Calif. . Feb. 

Harrah, Wash Feb. 

Waynesboro, Pa . . Feb. 
Johnstown, Pa. (1) Feb. 
Los Angeles, Calif. 

(1st) Feb. 

Rittman, Ohio. . . . Feb. 
San Diego, Calif. . Feb. 

Artesia, Calif Feb. 

Cuyahoga Falls, O. Feb. 
Roanoke, Va. 

(Ghent) Feb. 

Whittier, Calif. 

(1st) Feb. 

Winchester, Va . . . Feb. 
Wooster, Ohio Feb. 



20-Feb. 1. . . Lyle Marvin 

25-Feb. 1. . . Roy Clark 

1-15 Gene Farrell 

1-15 Jesse Hall 

1-15 Dennis HoUiday. . 

2-15 W. A. Ogden 



4-5 Glenn O'Neal 

4-15 Charles Ashman. . 

5-6 Gilbert Engelman. 

8-13 AdamRager 

8-15 Richard Burch 



Speaker 

Russell Humberd. 
Herman Hoyt. 
Bob Munro. 
Robert Ashman. 
William Smith. 
Michael Walsh. 

Harold Garner. 
Ding Teuling. 
Russell Humberd. 
Russell Humberd. 
Herman Hoyt. 



8-15 Robert Miller Conard Sandy. 



8-22 Carl Sisson 

8-11 Paul Dick 

15 Kenneth Ashman . 



Cedric Sears. 
O. E. Phillips. 
James Bennett. 



ters in response to our daily radio 
broadcast. 

The average giving for the con- 
gi-egation was $503.53 a Sunday, with 
$4,421.97 being given to works out- 
side the local church. — Kenneth 
Ashman, pastor. 

Artesia, California 

On the last Sunday of 1952 we 
baptized 5 young people and re- 
ceived 4 of them into our church the 
same day. 

A Brethren Boys Club was started 
in October and we have had an av- 
erage attendance of 17 boys in the 
meetings. 

We are now looking forward to 
special meetings with Rev. R. I. 
Humberd to be held February 8-15. 
— Adam Rager, pastor. 

Leon, Iowa 

We had a successful revival cam- 
paign last fall with Rev. Ward MUIer, 
of Osceola, Ind., as evangelist, and 
Rev. Russell Ward, of Cleveland, 
Ohio, as song leader. There were 6 
decisions for Christ, 5 being first- 
time confessions. One of these de- 
cisions was made by a man in jail 
accused of attempted murder and 
another was by a deputy sheriff of 
Decatur County. 

Our young people are doing 
house-to-house visitation which has 
already resulted in one decision for 
salvation and one for assurance of 
salvation. 

There have been 5 souls saved in 
regular preaching services since we 
came here last March and 5 have 
been baptized and received into 
membership of the church. — Marion 
Gates, pastor. 



EISELSTEIN BUSY IN COLORADO 

Rev. Paul Eiselstein, member of 
our Denver, Colo., church and mis- 
sionary for the American Sunday 
School Union in the Denver area, is 
busy for the Lord. During 1952 he 
supervised 54 Sunday schools with 
162 teachers and 1,675 pupils en- 
rolled; he was overseer of 67 vaca- 
tion Bible schools with 2,485 pupils, 
and 8 camps with 808 campers. 

To do his work he traveled 27,068 
miles, visited in 1,258 homes, gave 
223 public messages, organized 4 
new Sunday schools, and opened 7 
new preaching stations. These ef- 
forts resulted in 264 people accept- 
ing the Saviour. 



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January 31, 7953 




UME 15, NUMBERS 



FOREIGN MISSION NUMBER 



FEBRUARY 7, 1953 



OH, 

W THEY 
NEED 
HRIST! 

See Page 82) 



HOW 
SHALL 

THEY 
HEAR? 

(See Rom. 10:14) 






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^^■-^'- "----:,/: 

By Russell D. Barnard 
Editor, Foreign Mission Number 

Let's All Pull, and Pull Hard! 

With this issue of the Brethren Missionary Herald we 
begin the 4-months period dedicated in a special way to 
foreign missions. You've done a great job — you, the 
Foreign Missionary Society and our missionaries — but 
there's a much greater job ahead. Millions are still 
without Christ, and between 1 and 2 million of them 
are our responsibility as members of Brethi-en churches. 
It can be done, only with the Lord's blessing, and only if 
we all pull together in this greatest business of all — get- 
ting the Gospel out. 



I'm Frightened! 

European Roman Catholics are reported to be making 
the boast, "Give us 5 years more and we will have 
Africa." If this is true of Africa, how much more would 
it seem a challenge in the Latin-American countries. 
I'm frightened! Do you see why our board and society 
have sent missionaries in great numbers in recent years, 
and why we so desire to keep sending them just as rap- 
idly as they are ready? What we do in the mission 
fields we must do NOW. The doors are yet open in 
most of our fields, but at any moment they may swing 
shut. 



One Door Has Closed! 

We trust it is only a temporary closing, and it is not 
unexpected. It is the door to our nearest neighbor, Baja 
California. We have had just 1 year to teach and train 
some 100 national Mexican believers and we thank God 
for that privilege. Those national believers are carrying 
on without the presence of the missionaries and doing 
excellently. Possibly this is God's way of teaching those 
dear Mexican brethren that they can do things for them- 
selves in the work of Christ. 

It was on December 20, when Bro. Roy Howard was 
going from San Ysidro to Tijuana for the Saturday 
classes, that Mexican officials detained him and finally 
informed him that he could no longer cross the border. 
At that time Brother Walter Haag was far south in the 
peninsula, but as soon as he came home he was for- 
bidden entrance into Baja California. The believers, 
who can legally do so, cross the border into the States 
once or twice a week for Bible instruction. We and the 
missionaries are making every possible approach to 
proper officials for permission to enter Mexico and carry 
on our work. We will report later. In the meantime, 
pray for us. 



Buenos Aires Blessings 

Recent letters from Bro. Solon Hoyt have been very 
encouraging regarding the new testimony in the Buenos 
Aires area. During December Brother Hoyt conducted 
3 weeks of tent meetings. Results were excellent. A 
full report will appear in a later issue, but for the pres- 
ent we will give a summary. The attendance was excel- 



Cover Page 

(Editor's Note — The front cover pictures the face 
of a viember of the Sara tribe. Part of this tribe lives 
in the Bekoro section of our field in French Equatorial 

Africa . ) 

CAN THE SCARS OF SIN BE ERASED? 

Throughout his lifetime the heathen bears the scars 
of sin upon his face. To those who know the secrets 
of the dark places of the earth, each scar speaks. It 
tells of initiation into secret orders, or of distinctions 
gained by relatives who walked in the same dark 
places, or of the quest for beauty. Much time is spent 
to mark forever those who worship at Satan's shrine. 

A wound is made on the skin with a piece of grass 
or some sharp object. Where the wound is deep 
something is inserted to raise a scar. This scar 
silently witnesses forever that this one has known 
the glories and honors of heathenism. These sin 
marks emphasize to us the hopelessness of his eyes. 
They remind us that there are scars on his soul, but 
such scars can be erased by the precious blood of 
Christ. — Miss Ruth Snyder^ 



lent, most of the people coming from within 4 or 5 blocks 
of the tent. There were between 25 and 30 professions 
of faith. The challenge came when the tent meetings 
closed and the meetings were continued in the Hoyt 
home. But the Lord has so blessed that 20, and some- 
times more, have attended week after week. Two fine 
young men from this group have been attending the 
summer youth cainp. and it is hoped that they may soon 
be enrolled in the Bible institute. We so need rein- 
forcements to help in this large city, with a total popu- 
lation of 2,500.000. 



From Honolulu 

Fine reports are coming from T Sgt. and Mrs. Edwin 
J. Jones in Honolulu. We are in rather a peculiar posi- 
tion. This work hasn't been fully approved as a mission 
field, although the society last year authorized us to 
make further investigation and help in the work. It is 
our work in that it is fully Brethren, and we are helping 
in every advisory way. We hope soon to do more. Mrs. 
Jones reports that for the past quarter there has been an 
average attendance of 39 at the morning service, with a 
inuch larger attendance during the Christmas season. 
Ten were baptized on January 3, bringing the total num- 
ber of baptized believers to 20. Quite a number of 
others have accepted Christ and are attending faithfully. 
Parents of interested children are beginning to attend. 



Fogies in the Lyon, France, Area 

The Fogies are now living in a city just at the north 
edge of Lyon, a city by the name of Caluire. Of this 
Brother Fogle says, "Though we chose Lyon, He chose 
Caluire. It is a town of 20,000 just north of Lyon, so 
close that the division is imperceptible. As far as I 
know there is not a testimony in the town apart from 
ours. What an opportunity!" 

Brother Fogle is cooperating with the Greater Europe j 
Mission in putting up hundreds of posters. Each poster \ 

(Continued on Page 89) 



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HOW OUR CHURCHES GAVE 
To Our Brethren Foreign Missions in 1951-52 

"Jesus . . . beheld how the people cast money into the treasury" (Mark 12:41). 



15 LEADING CHURCHES IN 1952 EASTER OFFERING 
FOR FOREIGN MISSIONS 

1. Long Beach, Calif. (First) $24,800.87 

2. Dayton, Ohio (First) 7,105.49 

3. Johnstown, Pa. (First) 5,512.59 

4. Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 4,326.50 

5. Fort Wayne, Ind 3,656.81 

6. Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 3,647.00 

7. Long Beach, Calif. (Second) 3,484.94 

8. Whittier, Calif. (First) 3,464.92 

9. Dayton, Ohio (North Riverdale) 3,404.83 

10. Los Angeles, Calif. (First) 3,289.89 

11. Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 3,046.51 

12. Wmona Lake, Ind 3,038.02 

13. Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 3,031.85 

14. Ashland, Ohio (West 10th) 2,912.81 

15. Sunnyside, Wash 2,721.99 



15 LEADING CHURCHES IN PER-CAPITA GIVING TO 
FOREIGN MISSIONS, 1951-52 

1. Whittier, Calif. (Community) $38.73 

2. Winona Lake, Ind 27.41 

3. Temple City, Calif 26.15 

4. Dayton, Ohio (Patterson Park) 25.77 

5. Sidney, Ind 20.81 

6. Dayton, Ohio (North Riverdale) 18.75 

7. Long Beach, Calif. (First) 18.52 

8. Los Angeles, Calif. (Second) 18.48 

9. Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 18.00 

10. Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 17.17 

11. Conemaugh, Pa. (First) 16.39 

12. Waterloo, Iowa (Grace) 15.39 

13. Osceola, Ind 15.36 

14. Los Angeles, Calif. (Third) 15.20 

15. Harrisburg, Pa 14.95 



CHURCH % GIVING 

of our churches gave less than $1.00 per 



6.1% 

8.45o 

6.8% 
11.4% 
10.0% 
35.9% 
10.7%p 

6.8% 
.8%. 

2.3% 
.8% 



of 
of 
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of 



our 
our 
our 
our 



churches 
churches 
churches 
churches 



gave 
gave 
gave 
gave 



$1.00-$2.00 
$2.00-$3.00 
$3.00-$4.00 
$4.00-$5.00 



per 
per 
per 
per 



of our churches gave $5.00-$10.00 per 
of our churches gave $10.00-$15.00 per 
of our churches gave $15.00-$20.00 per 
of our churches gave $20.00-$25.00 per 
of our churches gave $25.00-$35.00 per 
of our churches gave more than $35.00 per 



member 
member 
member 
member 
member 
member 
member 
member 
member 
member 
member 



REJOICE WITH US! 

We rejoice in the increase of offerings in recent years. 
But a sobering fact is that our blessed Lord Jesus, who 
watched how the people gave into the treasury, has also 
watched how our churches gave. The more sobering 
fact is that He has seen just as clearly how much we 
have withheld for ourselves. 

What we have done is small compared to what He 
would have us do in supporting the 87 missionaries we 
now have, and in sending out the 10 or 12 more who will 
be ready to go at the end of this school year. Our offer- 
ings wUl need to increase by 24% just to care for the 
work of our present missionary program. A total in- 
crease of 37% will be needed to care for our present 
program and send those candidates who will be ready 
to go by the end of this calendar year. 



PRAY before you GIVE your ANSWER 



February 7, 1953 



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A BETTER TABLE— AN AFRICAN VILLAGE 

By Rev. Kenneth B. Ashman 
Recording Secretary of the Foreign Missionary Society 




Do you have your African hut bank? 

Would you like to set a better table in your home? 
Would you like to build an African village? Interested? 
Here's a good plan to follow. 

First — your table. Two things, other than the good 
things to eat, should be there — a portion of God's Word 
(a manna box or Bible), and an African hut mission 
bank. Yes, during the 4 months of February. March, 
April, and May the better-set table in the Brethren home 
will have a prominent place for the new, unique mission 
bank. Read a portion of Scripture for spiritual food. 
Then, as you enjoy the blessings of plenty to eat, think of 
those in other lands who need food for both body and 
soul. Generous gifts in the African hut should be your 
willing response. 

Second — your African village. When your bank is 
full, present it at your church. Others will bi'ing their 
banks. On a table, where everyone can see them, place 
these banks in the form of an African village. This will 
be especially exciting for the children. Adults will en- 
joy it, too. You'll be surprised how it will increase your 
missionary oflerings. 

Your pastor has probably received a liberal supply of 
these African hut mission banks. Get yours and start 
right today. Of course, your church treasurer will want 
to empty the banks when you bring them to the church. 
Your name can be placed on a sticker on the top or 
bottom of the bank. You may even want to fill a second 
bank to enlarge the village and reach more souls for 
Christ. This takes some planning and work. Your local 
Missionary Outfit Club chairman or your pastor would 
be a good one to head the work. 

Be sure to get your African hut mission bank. Place 
it on your table and fill it as soon as possible. Thus you 
will be doing your share in taking good food, spiritual 
and otherwise, to the needy souls on the various mission 
fields of the Brethren Church. 



During these 4 months, set a better table and build an 
African village. 

(Editor's Note — Little clay money banks in natural 
straw color are being delivered to our churches accord- 
ing to the number ordered by each pastor. These are 
being sent directly from the Morton Pottery Company, 
Morton, III. They are an exact replica of a native house 
in Africa, rnade from a snapshot. (In following years 
we probably will use money banks illustrative of our 
other mission fields.) Money received in these banks is 
for our whole foreign missionary program. The fore- 
going article, presenting an effective plan for the use of 
these banks, was written by Bro. Kenneth Ashman at 
our request.) 



The Blood of Our Children 

(A PARABLE FROM AFRICA) 

By Miss Ruth Snyder 

Some years ago there was a bitter war in one of 
Africa's tribes. The cause of the war is not too well 
known to the present generation, but they do remember 
one of the causes. As they told us about it, we were 
reminded of heavenly things. 

A certain village was blessed with a rather large body 
of water. In the semiarid regions of Africa any body 
of water is a valuable possession. Naturally other vil- 
lages coveted the water. 

The children of a neighboring village often went there 
to draw water. As happens when children are near 
water, some fell in and were drowned. Having lost so 
many children, the neighboring village claimed the 
water was theirs because of the blood of their children. 
The owners of the water refused to give it to the neigh- 
bors. A battle resulted in which many of the would-be 
owners were killed. Among their dead were the head 
man of the village and the medicine man. 

What the result of this war was we do not know. 
However, as we heard the phrase, the blood of their 
children, we were reminded of God, who, because of the 
blood of His beloved Son. is able to claim the world. 
Can it be that the Africans are able to understand this 
purchase by blood better than we who are so far re- 
moved from the experiences of our primitive fathers? 

We know that Satan is attempting to wage a war to 
claim the earth. We know also that his cause is hope- 
less, for "worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive 
power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and hon- 
our, and glory, and blessing." 

Who will tell the African of the Lord who was slain 
and has redeemed us to God by His blood out of every 
kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation? 



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MORE POWER 



By Rev. J. Keith Altig, Icoraci, Brazil 



Many friends have written to us here on the field as- 
suring us that they have a keen interest in the problems 
and difficultiss as well as the victories which we expe- 
rience. This article is intended to acquaint the people 
of our church with one important aspect of our work 
and some of the problems connected with it. 

The Possibility 

There are many small villages and even towns of con- 
siderable size in this part of Brazil where there is little 
or no testimony for the Lord and also where there is not 




Sovie of the hxmdreds waiting to hear! 

much going on in the way of worldly entertainment. 
This makes the people doubly responsive to the pro- 
grams which we are able to present by way of the rec- 
ords played over our powerful new loud-speaker system, 
and the pictures we show on the life of Christ and inter- 
esting things in Brazil and America. Literally hundreds 
of people can be gathered to a service of this kind in 
which the Gospel is presented clearly and definitely, 
most of them hearing it for the first time. This is a pos- 
sibility, not only along the roadways but also along the 
riverways by means of a launch. 

The Procedure 

We load up the car, usually in the afternoon, for there 
are a great number of small items which are essential to 
the presentation of the message; then, as it begins to get 
dark, and after a season of prayer, we drive off to the 
chosen spot. As soon as the car stops, inquisitive boys 
and girls begin to gather around. When they find out 
that there will be pictures they scurry off to tell others, 
and the crowd grows. Meanwhile we busy ourselves in 
setting up the screen and projector, putting the loud- 
speakers on top of the car, hooking up the battery, wind- 
ing up the record player, and all the other things nec- 
essary to be done. Then we begin with the program, in- 
terspersing the songs and messages with announcements 



and invitations to the people to come. The loud-speakers 
project the words for a distance of 3 or 4 blocks in either 
direction. Over water the music can be heard a distance 
of 4 miles or more. 

The Problem 

All is not well, however. There is one outstanding 
weakness. This is a source of great embarrassment and 
anguish of heart. The trouble is that the batteries have 
a disconcerting way of going dead. We ordinarily use 2 
batteries, but even then often have failures. Both the 
projector and public-address system make heavy de- 
mands on a battery and only fully charged batteries can 
produce sufficient current for a complete program. It is 
very difficult to have the batteries in the right condition 
at just the right time. Several times, right at a cru- 
cial moment, the public-address system has gone silent 
or the picture has faded from sight because the batteries 
have failed. When this happens a murmur of disap- 
pointment runs through the crowd and we know that an 
opportunity for an effective presentation of the Gospel 
has been missed. 

The Project 

There is a way to avoid this problem and make our 
ministry of reaching the unsaved of this area much more 
effective. That is by the use of a small motor-generator 




Motor-gp.nerator and portable case of the type desired. 

set which we can carry right in the car. Its cost would 
be about $300. This method is used frequently by com- 
mercial advertisers and is really effective. This type of 
generator could be used in 2 ways, either to charge the 
batteries at home or to carry along to be used right at 
the scene of the service. This is written with the hope 
and prayer that some church, organization, or individual 
will have this project laid upon their hearts and that this 
need in our work here in Brazil will be met. 



February 7, 1953 



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"Gird Up Thy Loins, and Arise, and Speak Unf-o Them" 



By Rev. James Marshcll, Corrol de Bustos, Argentina 

One of the first questions I asked a fellow worker 
shortly after I arrived in Argentina was, "Just how do 
you do personal work in this land?" He replied that 
from his experience the most effective method to present 
the Gospel to people had proved to be door-to-door 
work. My next question was, "How do you do door-to- 
door work?" No doubt he must have been surprised, for 
he replied, "You just get out and do it." We closed the 
conversation at that point, and I asked myself, "What 
does he mean by saying that you just get out and do it?" 
It reminded me of the young man who had been schooled 
in the theory of running a farm. One day he decided to 
visit a farm in order to verify his theories. When he 
arrived at the farm the farmer was just getting ready to 
put some rings in the hog's nose. The young man with 
all his education suddenly felt confused and asked the 
farmer, "How do you ring a hog's nose?" The farmer 
said, "Why, you just do it." That's just about the way 
it is with personal work. Seminary training prepares a 
man with the ti'uth, but each person must learn to put 
that truth into practice, and the only way to learn is 
to do it. 

First of all I want to say that doing personal work is 
not hard. The hard part is to get started. How many 
times I've heard the Devil say, "Why, you don't have the 
gift to do personal work. Better stick to preaching and 
teaching." Frankly, I find it's just his scheme to cover 
up my pride. There is no escaping the fact that pride 
is the greatest hindrance to a missionary's usefulness in 
doing personal work, especially in Argentina, We aren't 
dealing with savages, neither with the uneducated (al- 
though ignorance abounds), but with fully civilized, 
well-trained business people who in many ways are our 
superiors. The Devil makes use of this fact to his advan- 
tage and, instead of getting out and just doing what the 
Lord expects us to do, many times the opportunity passes 
with nothing accomplished. Pride, natural timidity, 
physical weariness, and lack of faith hinder most mis- 
sionaries and Christian workers in personal door-to- 
door work. It is a true statement that personal work 
seems to be the hardest right where we are, but that is 
only because we are there and not somewhere else. 

However, in spite of the hindrances, personal work is 
a delightful experience, for it brings the missionary into 
contact with people, takes his mind off his own prob- 
lems and makes him see the needs of others. What 
worker here or at home doesn't need this refreshment! 
Are you weary in well doing, or just weary? Get out 
and knock on a few doors in your neighborhood and 
tell the neighbors about the wonderful salvation that 
is theirs by faith in Jesus Christ. 

Well, I took my fellow worker's advice and I got out 
and did some door-to-door work. At first I didn't say 
much — just, "Good afternoon," and a word or two about 
the tract I was giving. I didn't understand half the 
words the people spoke, for it seemed they talked a 
"mile a minute." But gradually I "got my ear" and 
then it was easier to carry on a conversation. 

Most folks are pleasant, but now and then I meet a 
person who is best described by the words of the little 
boy who said about his teacher, "She must have eaten 




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ft'iri.'s call at homes h.kc r/n,-;. (Note the well 
at the side oj the house.) 



a pickle for breakfast." Invariably it is a woman who 
presents herself at the door. If the weather is chilly 
and the door is closed, she'll open the little peephole in 
the door and peer out. It makes me feel like saying, 
"Joe sent me," for the stare is so suspicious. Then I 
remember that it isn't Joe who sent me, but Christ. 

"Good afternoon, sehora. I have an interesting paper 
here I think you'd like to read. May I leave it with 
you?" She shakes her head no. "But it's free. Help 
yourself." "Oh," she says, "you're from the evangelists" 
(they call all evangelicals evangelists. Would it were 
true!). "Well, I'm not interested because I'm from the 
other religion. Isn't it true that you don't believe in the 
Virgin?" So it goes. 

When the weather is warm the folks stand out on the 
street and after I've visited several houses everyone 
knows what is going on. Heads turn and stare, and the 
kids come running and say, "Hey, inister, give us a 
paper." They accept it gratefully and then some mother 
will call out, "Miguelito, come here." Miguelito scam- 
pers off to his mother with the evangelical paper. The 
probability is that she sent him because she didn't want 
the neighbors to see her taking a tract from the local 
pastor. 

Sometimes I have the opportunity to explain what we 
do believe and sometimes not, but I've left or given a 
testimony and the next time perhaps I can say more. 



THINK THIS OVER 

One dollar spent for lunch lasts 5 hours. 

One dollar spent for a necktie lasts 5 weeks. 

One dollar spent for a cap lasts 5 months. 

One dollar spent for an automobile lasts 5 years. 

One dollar spent for a waterpower or railroad grade 
'asts 5 generations. 

One dollar spent in the service of God lasts for eter- 
nity. — Roger W. Babson. 



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"WHEN ARE YOU COMING BACK?" 



By Mrs. William Samarin, Bozoum, Africa 

Since high-school days I have had an ambition to hear 
the Gospel preached in a village where it has never been 
preached before. Recently this ambition was fulfilled. 
Let me tell you about it. 

Twenty African Bible-school students got into the 
back of the institute truck, and Wayne Beaver, Bill, and 
I started out for villages unknown. It was the second 
time since the rain had stopped that the students had 
been able to go out to preach on Sunday evenings. At 
each village along the road to the Camerouns we 
dropped 2 or 3 students. After an hour of avoiding ruts 
and rocks, we turned on a cut-off — an even more peril- 
ous road. Here at one of the villages Bill and I and 3 
students got out. 

What are they like, these African villages? A row of 
mud-walled huts, a chief with a big badge, naked chil- 
dren, very dried-up old women; yes, there is humanity 
of every kind. Oh, yes, there are dogs, goats, and late- 
afternoon mosquitoes. The chief brought us goatskin 
chairs, and the villagers began to gather around. One 
of the students turned to me and said, "They say no one 



YOUR NEW AUTOMOBILE, WMC LADIES! 




This is the new car just purchased and delivered to 
Rev. and Mrs Fred Fogle in France. It is a French car, 
of the Peugeot make, a 4-cylinder, 7-horsepower (42 
active horsepower), all-metal station wagon suited for 7 
adult people. It is 14 feet, 6 inches long and actually 
does 30 miles to the gallon of gasoline at a speed of 50 
miles per hour. The total cost delivered was only 
$1,947.67. One of the goals of the national WMC during 
their foreign mission offering period — March, April, and 
May — is to give at least $1,100 toward this purchase. 
We have, of course, advanced the entire amount so that 
Brother Fogle might have the car, and we will be so 
very appreciative of all that the WMC may find it pos- 
sible to do. 

Concerning this new car Mrs. Fogle has written, "It is 
wonderful and appreciated beyond our vocabulary to 
express." Brother Fogle, in his most recent letter, said, 
"It is a wonderful little car. It is very economical, 
around 30 miles to the gallon and at times better. It is 
comfortable and has been a big help already. I could 
never have done what I did the week we were in Lyon 
without it. I still use the bike when weather permits 
here in town, but for the longer errands we put the car 
to work." 




An African village. 

has ever preached in this village before." A strange 
emotion ran through me — could it be that on my second 
ti-ip to a village I was to see the Gospel presented for the 
first time? 

Eager black faces watched as the 3 Bible-school stu- 
dents told of Christ's love. In true African style the 
villager would answer the questions asked by the 
preachers, and they would comment freely when news 
surprised them. As the service got under way, 3 young 
men came in from the field with their spears. They 
joined the circle of listeners. 

The sky grew dusky and a cool breeze stirred the 
grass on the roofs. Every face was intent as my husband 
spoke of God's love. Then the preaching was over and 
I watched closely as the villagers discussed the matter 
they had just heard. Then the question was asked — 
would you like to receive this gift of salvation which 
Christ offers? One of the young men with a spear spoke, 
"I would." Some of the village folks argued with him, 
and some encouraged him. He stepped forward to em- 
phasize his decision, A second young man came and 
stood beside him, and then a third — the 3 with spears 
stood together expressing a desire to know Jesus Christ. 
The 3 young men were dealt with and the friendly 
village folks gathered to say good-by. Then the ques- 
tion came, "When are you coming back?" My heart 
sank. Here were 3 new hearts open to the Gospel, a 
village eager to hear more, and when could we come 
back? There were more roads and hundreds of villages 
and just 1 truck. One Bible-school student pointed to 
the darkening horizon and said, "There are many more 
villages over there that have never heard of salvation." 
Wayne Beaver came in the truck just then. We put 
the question to him. He smiled. The chief of the village 
he had just come from had begged for someone to come 
and teach them. One trip just befoi-e this some village 
folks had said, "The last time you were here some of us 
believed. We've met every morning for prayer, but 
none of us can read. Give us someone to teach us God's 
Word." So, on each trip, in village after village, the 
same cry goes up, "Come again — give us a teacher!" 
We'll go back, perhaps in a week, or 3 months, or a year. 
Teachers are being trained and they will go to some of 
the villages. Those 3 young men can walk 20 miles into 
Bozoum to church. But that's not the answer. 

Brethren, young people are waiting to come to help 
these folks. You have the answer. Send them out! 



February 7. 1953 



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AFRICAN GIVING 



By Mrs. Harold L. Dunning, M'Baiki, Africa 



In English we say, "I like that — I think it is pretty," or 
"I like that — it is a nice way to do things," or "I like that 
• — I want to have it." In the African way of speech it is 
all the same: "I want to have that, it is nice, it is to my 
liking, it is a good way to do." For to like and to want 
ai'e the same. Often one native will say to another, "I 
like that," at the same time reaching forth to take it. 
And very confusingly, the African uses a certain word 
for "receive" or "take" as often as for "give." 

All this amazes our western minds and leads us to 
snap judgment that the natives are greedy. Perhaps we 
are very wrong, for it seems the African is essentially 
generous. Do not we always judge others by ourselves 
and take for granted that they would do as we would 
in any given case? So does the African. Knowing that 
he willingly gives up almost anything that is requested 
of him. he will just as wUlingly give to another who asks. 
And in the same manner, expecting that what he wants 
will be given to him, he stretches out his hand to receive 
it. Of course if a gift is actually proffered, then the 
recipient acknowledges his gratitude by accepting whole- 
heartedly — that is, with both hands. 

Once when the writer was a younger and much 
greener missionary, she was trying to get acquainted 
with the wife of one of the catechists. She recalls that 
they were squatting around a fii-e as the wife prepared 
the evening meal. The wife was dressed in the conven- 
tional apron and bustle of leaves, nothing else. They 
were running out of conversation, each having inquired 
into the state of health of every member of the other's 
family and having briefly discussed the weather. In 
America the next topic is usually clothes, and the 
African lady did have a very interesting strand around 
her hips to which the leaves were fastened. Often it is 
just a greasy string, but the well-dressed bush native 
woman wears several strands of brightly colored beads. 
This lady had something that looked like large seeds 
strung together. The missionary had noticed that they 
were different and how prettily they blended with the 
dark glossy skin and the green of the leaves. So she 
spoke, "How pretty your string is!" The African lady 
is not unlike her American sister — she likes compli- 
ments. Her teeth flashed in a smile. "You like it?" She 
excused herself as she went into the hut: the missionary 




Preparing the evening meal. 



thought she was getting something for the meal. Soon 
the hostess came back with the string in her hand and 
an ordinary string replacing the one she had worn. In 
vain did the missionary protest that she hadn't meant 
she wanted it. "But they are nice in your sight, so you 
want them," her dark friend replied. The missionary 
reached out both hands, resolving to be more careful 
with her expressions of admiration in the future. 

Now the writer works in a locality where an unclothed 
native is the exception rather than the rule. There are 
other differences as many European ways have been 
taken up, both good and bad, but the generous spirit is 
still there. 

Recently this missionary was walking through a vil- 
lage with her young daughter, greeting friends here and 
there and inviting others to attend services. She ap- 
proached a native store and, knowing the clerk was a 
Christian, stopped in for a minute. After the greetings 
she explained she had not come to buy but just to look 
around. Suddenly she gasped as she saw — of all sur- 
prising things — Ray-O-Vac flashlight batteries on the 
shelves. "Have you had those long?" she asked, know- 
ing from experience that in spite of the company's guar- 
antee, sealed batteries go bad in the humid climate in 
which she lives. "Just 3 days," he answered. But when 
he told her the price, about 40 cents each, she decided to 
do without them, not being quite at rock bottom for bat- 
teries. The clerk then put 3 on the counter and said, 
"These are for you, you take them." She protested, 
"Your patron (employer) would not like you to give 
away his things." "But, madame, I myself will pay the 
price, I want to give them to you." The missionary ad- 
vanced a few more arguments, but in fear of insulting 
the giver she then reached forth both hands to receive 
the batteries. He had taken a 3-celled flashlight for 
granted, not the 2-celled kind which we generally use. 
As with many Africans, his generositj' was characterized 
by largesse (abundance). For instance, if they offer you 
a plate full of bananas, they do not mean for you to 
"take lots, take 2." Consequently, more than one mis- 
sionary, offering a dish of bananas or other fruit or nuts, 
expecting the native to help himself to some, has beerl 
taken aback when the native calmly took the whole 
business. Of course they always give back the dish, as 
that is the way thej' do among themselves. 

Almost always the giver of a gift expects something 
in return. If it isn't forthcoming, usually the donor will 
ask for what he wants. And the Africans are smart 
traders, but this is not always the case in dealing with 
Christian Africans. They seem to have learned the joy 
of giving and sharing, and more than one has insisted, 
"But I want nothing in return." In the case of the flash- 
light batteries, the missionary decided to give an equiv- 
alent of Ivory soap to wash the baby of the family. She 
sent the soap with her boy, who brought back a bulb for 
the flashlight! 

It is always especially touching to receive gifts from 
the natives. WhUe we are not rich in this world's goods, 
we have so very much more than they that it almost 
hurts to accept from their poverty. A cold and calculat- 
ing realization of the fact that we have made and do 
make sacrifices for them helps us accept their gifts, 
thereby allowing them to fellowship in the fact that it is 
more blessed to give than to receive. 



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Foreign Missionary Directory 



LATIN AMERICA 

ARGENTINA, SOUTH AMERICA— 

Abel, Miss Bertha, Rivadavia 433, Rio Cuarto, F.C.N.G.B.M., Prov. 

Cordoba. Argentina, S. A. 
Churchill, Rev. and Mrs. Jack B., Remedios de Escalada 74, Hio Ter- 

cero, F.C.B.M.. Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S. A. 
Dowdy, Rev. and Mrs. J. Paul, Jorge Ross 631, La Carlota. F.C.N.G. 

B.M.. Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S. A. 
Hoyt. Rev. and Mrs. Solon W.. Calle 31, No. 33, Don Bosco, F.C.G.R.. 

Argentina, S. A. 
Marshall, Rev. and Mrs. James, 178 Calle Reconquista, Corral de 

Bustos, F.C.N.G.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S. A. 
Rottler, Rev. and Mrs. Carson, San Martin 254, Huinca Renanco, 

F.C.N.G.S.M., Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S. A. 
Schrock, Rev. and Mrs. Lynn, Rivadavia 433, Rio Cuarto, F.C.N.G. 

B.M. Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S. A. 
Sickel, Mrs. Loree, Remedios de Escalada 74, Rio Tercero, F.C.B.M., 

Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S. A. 

National Workers — 

Nunez. Miss Nelida, Rivadavia 433, Rio Cuarto, F.C.N.G.B.M., Prov 

Cordoba. Argentina, S. A. 
Siccardi, Mr. and Mrs. Luis, Casilla de Correo, No. 7, Almafuerte, 

F.C.N. G.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S. A. 
Wagner. Mr. and Mrs. Ricardo E., 599 Belgrano. Gral. Cabrera, F.C 

N.G.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S. A. 

BRAZIL, SOUTH AMERICA— 

Altig, Rev. J. Keith, Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil. 

Miller, Rev. and Mrs. Edward D., Macapa, Terr. Federal do Amapa. 

Brazil. 
Zielasko, Rev. and Mrs. John W., Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, 

Brazil. 

BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO— 

Haag, Rev. and Mrs. Walter E., 439 Sunset Lane. San Ysidro, Calif.. 

U. S. A. 
Howard. Rev. and Mrs. A. L., 439 Sunset Lane, San Ysidro, Calif.. 

U. S. A. 

AFRICA 

Beaver. Rev. and Mrs. S. Wayne, Bozoum, via Bangui, Oubangui- 
Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Bickel, Miss Florence, Bellevue via Bossangoa, via Bangui, Ouban- 
gui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Byron, Miss Grace. Mission a Bassai, Bozoum via Bangui, Oubangui- 
Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Cripe, Miss Mary, Mission a Bekoro. Paoua via Bozoum, via Bangui, 
Oubangui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Dunning. Rev. and Mrs. Harold L.. Bozoum via Bangui, Oubangui- 
Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Hill, Rev. and Mrs. Robert W., Bossembele, via Bangui, Oubangui- 
Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Jobson. Dr. and Mrs. Orville D., Bozoum, via Bangui, Oubangui- 
Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Kennedy. Mrs. Minnie. Mission a Bekoro, Paoua via Bozoum, via 
Bangui, Oubangui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Kent. Miss Ruth. Mission a Yaloke, Bossembele via Bangui, Ouban- 
gui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Kliever, Rev. and Mrs. J. P., Mission a Bekoro, Paoua via Bozoum, 
via Bangui, Oubangui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Miller, Rev. and Mrs. Donald F.. Mission a Nzoro. Bocaranga via 
Bozoum, via Bangui, Oubangui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Mishler, Miss Marie, Mission a Yaloke, Bossembele via Bangui. Ou- 
bangui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Munn, Miss Mary Elizabeth, Mission a Bekoro. Paoua via Bozoum. 
via Bangui. Oubangui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Myers, Miss Estella, Mission a Nzoro, Bocaranga via Bozoum, via 
Bangui, Oubangui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Samarin, Rev. and Mrs. William, M'Baiki via Bangui, Oubangui- 
Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Schwartz, Miss Clara, Bozoum via Bangui, Oubangui-Chari, French 
Equatorial Africa. 

Sheldon. Rev. and Mrs. C. B.. Bellevue. via Bossangoa. via Bangui. 
Oubangui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Snyder. Rev. and Mrs. Roy, Bouca via Bangui, Oubangui-Chari, 
French Equatorial Africa. 

Sumey. Rev. and Mrs. Charles, Mission a Bassai, Bozoum via Bangui, 
Oubangui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Taber, Dr. and Mrs. Floyd W.. Mission a Yaloke. Bossembele via 
Bangui, Oubangui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

Tyson, Miss Elizabeth, Mission a Yaloke, Bossembele via Bangui. 
Oubangui-Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 

Williams. Rev. and Mrs. Robert. Batangafo, via Bangui, Oubangui- 
Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 

FRANCE 

Fogle. Rev. and Mrs. P. Fredrick, 86 Chemin de Vassieux, Caluire et 

Cuire, Rhone. France. 
Garber, Rev. and Mrs. Martin M., 3 Avenue d'Aligre, Chatou, Seine- 

et-Oise (Paris), France. 
Geske, Miss Edith, Institut Biblique, 39 Grande Rue, Nogent-Sur- 

Marne. France 
Habegger, Miss Mary Ann. Institut Biblique, 39 Grande Rue, Nogent- 

Sur-Marne, France. 
Jones, Miss Gail, Institut Biblique. 39 Grande Rue, Nogent-Sur- 

Marne, France. 
Kennedy, Rev. and Mrs. Lester W.. 10 Rue Bordeaux, Chelles, Seine 

et Marne, France. 
Mason, Dr. and Mrs. Harold A., 23 Rue du Coquart, Villennes-sur- 

Seine, Seine et Oise, France. 
Taber, Rev. and Mrs. Charles R., 38 Avenue du Marechal Foch. 

Villennes-sur-Seine, France. 



Thurston, Miss Marian, Institut Biblique, 39 Grande Rue, Nogent- 
sur-Marne, France. 

HONOLULU, HAWAII 

Jones, T/Sgt. and Mrs. Edwin J.. Mar. Det. N.A.S. Navy 128, Box 
1373, F.P.O., San Francisco, Calif. 

MISSIONARIES ON FURLOUGH 

Altig. Mrs. J. Keith. 206 S. Nicholson. Monterey Park, CaUf. 
Balzer, Mr. and Mrs. Albert, c/o Henry C. Kersting. 8415 Fenwick 

St., Sunland, Calif. 
Emmert, Miss Mary, Dallas Center, Iowa. 
Foster, Mrs. Rose, P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Goodman, Rev. and Mrs. Marvin L., Jr., 1811 Baseline Rd., La Verne, 

Calif. 
Maconaghy. Rev. and Mrs. Hill, c/o Charles Lewis, 2121 Chew St„ 

Philadelphia 38, Pa. 
Nielsen. Miss Johanna, c/o Mr. N. H. Nielsen, 1823 Pine Ave., Long 

Beach 6, Calif. 
Snyder, Miss Ruth, P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 



EDITORIALLY SPEAKING 

(Continued From Page 82) 

gives some Bible verse, and then offers a portion of the 
New Testament to any person who will write to a given 
address. A surprisingly large number of people respond. 
Brother Fogle then visits the person, leaves the Scrip- 
ture portion, and testifies for Christ. 



Make a Missionary Album 

During the 4 months mentioned above our society is 
furnishing to all pastors and churches 6 semibulletins 
for church calendars. These are printed on pages 1 and 
4 and are for the local church use on pages 2 and 3. The 
first 5 of these will present on the front (page 1) ys x 
IVs-inch pictures of our missionaries, with their names 
and fields of service indicated. The 5 bulletins will give 
a complete list of our 87 missionaries, and we urge every 
family to form an album of these pictures. On the back 
(page 4) of each of the 5 bulletins a different one of our 
mission fields will be presented, this information being 
entirely different from that presented a year ago. The 
sixth bulletin will be reserved for last-minute foreign - 
mission news and information from all fields. 



Africa Field Council Report 

The minutes with accompanying letters from the field 
council meeting in Africa just arrived as the final words 
of material were being prepared for this issue of the 
Herald. The business sessions of this meeting were held 
from December 29, 1952, through January 5, 1953. All 
the reports will not have been read by the time this copy 
has gone to the printer. We do notice, however, that 
all 31 missionaries on the field in Africa were present 
for the meeting and every indication is that tremendous 
things were accomplished. 

Changes of location of missionaries now on the field 
affect the following: the Dunnings from M'Baiki to the 
Bible institute at Bozoum, Miss Schwartz from Bellevue 
to Bozoum, the Samarins receiving their fii-st appoint- 
ment to M'Baiki, and the Don Millers receiving their 
first appointment to Nzoro. At Nzoro the Millers will 
be with Miss Estella Myers, who is the aunt of Brother 
Miller. 

A complete report will be given next month, after the 
board of trustees has had opportunity to give full consid- 
eration to the minutes and reports in the midyear meet- 
in' of the board. 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lalte. Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lalve, Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W.. Roanoke 15. Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



Rev. Edicard Bowman has resigned 
as pastor of the church at Garwin, 
Iowa, efEective April 20, and has 
accepted the pastorate of the HoUins. 
Va., church, where he will begin his 
ministry May 1. Mrs. Bowman is 
recuperating from her recent sur- 
gery. 

Here's your last reminder of the 
East District youth rally to be held 
at the Meyersdale. Pa., church Feb- 
ruary 13-14. 

Mrs. John (Clara) Friedline, a 
member of the Listie, Pa., church 
for almost 50 years, died January 15. 
Funeral services were held at the 
church by her pastor. Rev. Paul 
Mohler, January 18. 

Eev. Jesse Hall, of Harrah, Wash., 
has been ill with a severe case of the 
"flu." 

The San Bernardino. Calij., church 
has witnessed pubHc decisions on 5 
successive Sundays. There were 165 
people in Sunday school January 18, 
which is a record high. Eight mein- 
bers of this church read through the 
Bible in 1952. 

The Washington. D. C, church 
voted to proceed with an alteration 
and redecoration program on the 
building. 

The Sterling, Ohio, church held 
special meetings January 19-Febru- 
ary 1. Rev. Kenneth Ashman, of 
Wooster, was the evangelist. Pastor 
of the church. Rev. Joseph L. Ging- 
rich, preached at the Wooster chvuxh 
one Sunday during the campaign. 
Rev. William Detweiler was the 
preacher for the other Sunday. 

Mrs. Robert Miller, of Roanoke, 
Va., was the speaker at the rally of 
the Northern Ohio District WMC at 
the Middlebranch church January 26. 

Rev. Arthur F. Collins will be or- 
dained to the ministry February 19 at 
the Berrien Springs, Mich., church, 
whei'e he is now serving. 



Prof. Ralph Gilbert, of Winona 
Lake, spoke at the Berrien Springs. 
Mich., church January 25. 

The Leesburg, Ind., church has 
granted Pastor Nathan Meyer leave 
of absence for several weeks this 
summer so he can travel on the Fly- 
ing Seminar of the Winona Lake 
School of Theology to the countries 
of the Mediterranean Sea area. 

The Ashland, Ohio, church has 
adopted one of its own members, 
Donald Bishop, now finishing his 
studies at Grace Seminary, as its 
missionary to Argentina. The church 
approved Bro. Richard (Dick) Mess- 
ner for licensure to the ministry. 
Of the membership of this church 
23 people, 8 men and 15 women, read 
through the Bible in 195?. 

McKeesport, Pa., has been selected 
by the East Fellowship as the place 
to begin a Bible class. Anyone in 
the area or anyone knowing of per- 
sons in the area interested in this 




work, please communicate the fact 
to Rev. Clvde K. Landrum, 14S 
Union St., Uniontown, Pa. 

The Temple City, Calij., church 
held a surprise shower on its pastor 
and his wife. Rev, and Mrs. Leo 
Polinan, January 2, in honor of their 
32d wedding anniversary. 

The average attendance in the 
Sundav school of the Philadelphia. 
Pa., First church for 1952 was 174, 
which was an increase of 12 over the 
average for 1951. This church is in- 
stalling carpet in the auditorium of 
its building. 

Thirteen members of the Winches- 
ter, Va.. church read through the 
Bible in 1952. 

Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Emmert. of 
Granger, Iowa, wrote to the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Company to 
thank the coinaanv for services ren- 
dered and added that they wouM 
celebrate their 65th wedding anni- 
versary February 9. They are mem- 
bers of the Dallas Center church and 
are an uncle and aunt of Miss Mary 
Emmert, former missionary. 

The South Bend. Ind.. church 
he:ird the trumpet trio of Grace 



Additioiis to Membership 

Dayton, Ohio (N, Riverdale) ... 5 

Portland, Oreg 11 

Spokane, Wash 2 

Pwbiic Conjessions 

Ashland, Ohio 1 

Compton, Calif 2 

Leamersville, Pa 10 

New Troy, Mich 3 

San Bernardino, Calif 9 

Dedication of Babies 

Leamersville, Pa 1 



Seminary on January 18, and Prof. 
John 'Whitcomb spoke concerning 
his trip to Palestine. January 25. 

At the Compton, Calij.. church 
Rev. Roy McKeown spoke December 
28, Mr. Clarence Thorpe January 11, 
and Rev. W. Arnold Bennett con- 
ducted a Bible conference January 
19-23. 

Mr. and Mrs. Alex Brown, of the 
Compton, Calif., church, celebrated 
their 50th wedding anniversary Jan- 
uary 4. 

WHO, a Des Moines, Iowa, radio 
station, dedicated a 30-minute pro- 
gram to the Brethren Spanish- 
Amsrican mission at Taos, N. Mex., 
on January 20. A script telling of 
the mission, its pastor, and activities, 
was narrated during a program of 
hymns and organ music. The man- 
agement of the station has informed 
Rev. Sam Homey, pastor, that many 
inquiries have since been received 
concerning the mission. 

Rev. Dean Walter, of the Vicks- 
burg. Pa., church, spoke recently to 
the Inter Varsity group at Penn 
State College: to the Washington, D. 
C, Youth for Christ; and to the 
Naval Research Laboratory Chris- 
tian Fellowship, Washington. 

SPECIAL OFFER. Because of the 
nature of the contents of the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald last week 
(January 31), it was suggested that 
extra copies be made available to 
the subscribers who would like to 
have them to give to other people to 
interest them in the magazine or in 
the Brethren Church. These copies 
are available and the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Company will be 
happy to mail to anyone writing for 
extra copies as many as can be used, 
so long as the supply lasts. 



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PRAY WITHOUT CEASING" FOR THESE REQUESTS 



FOREIGN MISSIONS— 

1. Pray for Baja California. Our 
missionaries — the Walter Haags and 
the Roy Howards — have been denied 
the privilege of crossing the border 
to preach the Gospel, yet 22,000 peo- 
ple cross at Tijuana each Sunday for 
pleasure. Pray for wisdom in con- 
tacting the officials and that permis- 
sion of entrance will be granted. 
Pray for an urgently needed national 
Mexican pastor. 

2. Pray for those missionaries in 
Africa meeting new challenges in 
appointments to different works — 
the Harold Dunnings to the Bible 
institute, the Don Millers to Nzoro, 
and the William Samarins to M'Baiki. 

3. A special request has just come 
from Bro. Harold Dunning. He says, 
"Please get some Brethren praying 
for us." He has 2 things in mind — 
strength and wisdom for the chal- 
lenging responsibilities in relation to 
his work at the Bible institute, and 
God's help in relation to a health 
problem that has been adding to his 
burdens in a busy missionary's life. 

4. Pray for visas and transporta- 
tion for the John Teeter family to 
Brazil and the Victor Meyers family 
to Argentina. 

5. Pray for Misses Florence Bick- 
el, Grace Byron, and Estella Myers, 
arriving at Douala, Africa, about the 
middle of February, and for Don 
Miller, who expects to meet them. 
There are tons of freight to be taken 
800 miles inland. 

6. Pray for the midyear meeting 
of the foreign board, beginning Feb- 
ruary 9 and continuing for a week 
or more. There are many decisions 
to be made, especially: How far can 
we go in promising to supply mission 
needs when funds are becoming very 
limited until the Easter offering is 
received? 

7. Pray for the foreign-mission 
offering period — February through 
May. Pray that the pastors will be 
given wisdom in presenting the 
needs and that the publicity will be 
used of the Lord. 

8. Pi'ay for the missionaries now 
in France. The Lester Kennedys 
and Martin Garbers will remain 
there through June. Misses Edith 
Geske, Gail Jones, Mary Ann Ha- 
begger, and Marian Thurston will 
spend March through July in a Bel- 



gian school studying tropical dis- 
eases. The Fred Fogies will soon 
begin public services in Lyon. 

9. Pray for Miss Ruth Snyder, on 
furlough from Africa, now attending 
classes during the second semester at 
Grace Seminary. 

10. Pray for Miss Johanna Niel- 
sen, now en route from Argentina 
for furlough, as she arrives in Cali- 
fornia near the end of February. 

HOME MISSIONS— 

1. Pray for the growth of the 
boys and girls clubs at the Chico, 
Calif., church. 

2. Pray for the finances needed 
to complete the Dayton, Ohio, Pat- 
terson Park church. 

3. Pray for the new families gained 
in the recent Sunday school contest 
at the Clayhole, Ky., church. Pray 
that they will come to know Christ 
as personal Saviour. 







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4. Pray for the organization and 
development of the Seattle, Wash., 
church now that Rev. Thomas Ham- 
mers is on the field. 

5. Praise the Lord for an attend- 
ance of almost 200 people at the 
Christmas program at the Artesia, 
Calif., church and pray that many 
of these might be reached for Christ. 

6. Pray for the Bible class spon- 
sored by the Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council and the Iowa District, 
in Davenport, Iowa, with Rev. Ar- 
nold Kriegbaum as teacher. 

GRACE SEMINARY— 

1. Continue to pray for the school 
during the second semester and es- 
pecially for the new students who 
have just enrolled. 

2. Pray for the alumni confer- 
ence to be held at the seminary Feb- 
ruary 24-27. 

3. Pray for the administrative 
committee that it may have wisdom 



and guidance in meeting the prob- 
lems of the school. 

4. Continue to pray for the fi- 
nances of the school and especially 
for the monthly offering plan. 

WMC (CENTRAL DISTRICT)— 

1. Pray that our WMC ladies will 
perform their work humbly by God's 
Spirit, in greater love and under- 
standing of one another's problems 
and failures. 

2. Pray that our Lord will give 
us greater peace and stability in the 
midst of restless and changing times. 

3. Pray that we may have wis- 
dom in knowing when to speak and 
how to help, and that we may pray 
without criticizing. 

4. Pray that we may show a 
greater faithfulness to the prayer 
services of the church. 

SMM— 

1. Pray that the officers may have 
wisdom as they plan for new awards 
for goal winners. 

2. Pray for the girls and patron- 
esses as they hide the book of I Peter 
in their hearts and minds. 

3. Pray for guidance in prepar- 
ing the SMM quarterly and hand- 
book. 

4. Pray for complete dedication 
of the lives of those who are guiding 
our girls. 

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP— 

1. Remember our camp commit- 
tees as they are now making plans 
for this summer's camps. Pray that 
these camps might be the means of 
bringing many young people to 
Christ. 

2. Pray for our young people who 
have just started to school this sec- 
ond semester, that they may make 
the adjustments to school life well. 

3. Continue to pray that the fi- 
nancial needs of the Brethren Youth 
Council will be met. 

4. Pray for the Brethren Boys 
Clubs, a number of which have re- 
cently begun or started again after 
an intermission. Pray that they will 
be effective in reaching boys for 
Christ. Pray that the men of the 
churches will be willing to work 
with the clubs. 



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FIRST PLANS ANNOUNCED BY EVANGELISTIC CRUSADE 

By Rev. R. Paul Miller, Secretary of Crusade Committee 



Rev. Glenn O'Neal, pastor of the 
Los Angeles, Calif., First church, is 
a member of the Board of Evange- 
lism of the Brethren Church. He 
sat in on the fii'st sessions of the 
Brethren Evangelistic Crusade com- 
mittee. He caught a glimpse of the 
value and scope of the soul-winning 
plans of the crusade committee, went 
home to California and conveyed 
that vision to the southern Califor- 
nia pastors and churches. This re- 
sulted in a call from them for the 
first team under the crusade to come 
out there and spend several months 
in working for revival in that entire 
district. 

First Two Campaigns 

The first campaign begins in the 
First Brethren Church of Long 
Beach, of which Dr. Charles Mayes 
is pastor. March 1. We earnestly 
call upon all of you who read this 
page and are concerned for lost men, 
that you pray definitely and fervent- 
ly that God will glorify Himself in 
this campaign and start fires of re- 
vival burning, not only for California 
churches, but for our entire brother- 
hood. Revival is of God, not in the 
eloquence and activity of His serv- 
ants. 

The second campaign will be in 
Phoenix, Ariz., where Bro. J. C. Mc- 
Killen is, under God, being used to 
guide that swiftly growing work. The 
people there have their lots pur- 
chased, but do not have a building 
yet. Now they ask for the help of 
the crusade in a tent campaign to 
reach their entire community for 
Christ. Pray for Phoenix. Pray for 
the Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil as it leads here. Pray for the lost 
of that city. Pray for the evange- 
listic team that will lead in this 
meeting. Pray that God will glorify 
Himself in a great victory here for 
His dear Son. The campaign begins 
March 22 and will continue for 3 
weeks. Write and encourage us by 
telling us you will be on your face 
before God in our behalf while we 
are there. 

After the Phoenix campaign we 
return to California for more cam- 
paigns that will continue into the 



fall. We will be in both church 
buildings and tent campaigns. 

More Good News 

Our second team is now formed, 
and will start its full-time evange- 
listic work not later than September 
1. Full announcements as to person- 
nel will be made March 1. So watch 
this page 4 weeks from now. 

Our third evangelistic team is al- 
ready being formed and will be an- 
nounced just as soon as sufficient 
campaigns are scheduled to justify 
starting it out. The earlier large 
numbers of churches sign up for 
meetings the faster this great move- 
ment will grow. Pastor, write to 
your district representative today. 

Layman With a Truck 

The Lord needs a layman with a 
truck! Bro. Dalta Myer, of Flora, 
Ind., who has been hauling our 
evangelistic tent about the land as a 
Chi'istian service, is unable to take 
it to the West due to the illness of 
Mrs. Myer. We mention this, hoping 
there is another Brethren layman 
with a truck and a few days of time 
between now and March 22, who 



would haul the tent and equipment 
to Phoenix, Ariz. The roads on the 
southern route are usually clear and 
dry all winter. We will be looking 
for a southern California brother to 
haul it to Los Angeles when the 
Phoenix campaign is over. This is 
something a layman can do. 

From Cedar Rapids came a real 
gift. Charles Allen, of the Cedar 
Rapids congregation, sent us 2 new 
6-ply tires and tubes to match for 
the crusade DeSoto. This is a gift 
equal to $100. Praise the Lord for 
Charles Allen! 

Crusade Needs 

"What does the crusade need?" 
We hear this question from many 
earnest laymen who want to know 
if there is anything they can do. 
There is. 

We need a tent 50 feet by 80 feet 
for the second team. We need a 
dependable public-address system 
for this team. We need our own 
crusade songbooks. 

Twenty thousand souls for Christ 
in 5 years, if the Lord has not come 
for His church. 

Address the Brethren Evangelistic 
Crusade at Box 28, Berne, Ind. 



American Missionaries Killed 



Two American missionaries of the 
Evangelical Alliance Mission have 
lost their lives in the wilds of Dutch 
New Guinea, apparently murdered 
by natives. This information was 
relayed to mission headquarters by 
the State Department in Washington. 

The two were Walter J. Erikson, 
son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Erikson, 
of DeKalb, 111., and Edward R. Tritt, 
son of Mr. and Mrs. George Stertz, 
Omro, Wis. Details of their death 
are not yet known. The State De- 
partment message stated simply that 
their remains were found October 
23 near Aisat in the western part 
of Netherlands New Guinea. A re- 
port through a missionary source in 
Australia confirmed the fear that 
they had been murdered. The word 
which came through the Netherlands 



Embassy in Washington indicated 
that when the pair did not report 
back, a search was instituted, first by 
air and then by land. Dutch officials 
expressed the belief that Erikson 
and Tritt had been deserted by their 
carriers. A full investigation is be- 
ing conducted by the State Depart- 
ment. The Netherlands Embassy 
expressed its deep regrets. 

Information on file at the mission 
office in Chicago shows that Erikson. 
who had been in New Guinea for al- 
most 2 years, and Tritt, who arrived 
last July, had planned an exploration 
trip into the interior regions of Ke- 
bar and Karoon to map out a terri- 
tory for missionary work among the 
aboriginal peoples, about whom little 
is known, — United Evangelical Ac- 
tion. 



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THE CHRISTIAN'S RESPONSIBILITY TO HIS COUNTRY 



By Rev. Richard Jackson, Jr., New Troy, Mich. 



On Tuesday, January 20, 1953, mil- 
lions of people were privileged to 
watch through the magic eye of tel- 
evision the inauguration of Gen. 
Dwight D. Eisenhower to the office 
of President of the United States of 
America. It was to me an inspiring 
experience and one I will long re- 
member. 

The climax of the ceremony, at 
least for me, came when Mr. Eisen- 
hower placed his hand upon the 2 
Bibles and spoke the words that 
made him the virtual leader of half 
the people of the world. As I watched 
this dramatic scene and heard the 
final words of his oath of office I was 
moved by a sudden realization of the 
tremendous weight of responsibility 
this man was taking upon his shoul- 
ders. 

When the ceremony was over I re- 
turned to my study with the events 
of the day still fresh in mind and as I 
continued to think about them a 
question came which brought me up 
short in my thinking and turned me 
to a search of God's Word for the 
answer. That question was: "Just 
what is my responsibility as a Chris- 
tian to President Eisenhower and my 
country?" God's Word, as always, 
answered the question. 

Prayer Responsibility 

I found first of all that we have a 
prayer responsibility. In I Timothy 
2:1-4 we read, "I exhort therefore, 
that, first of all, supplications, pray- 
ers, intercessions, and giving of 
thanks, be made for all men; for 
kings, and for all that are in author- 
ity; that we may lead a quiet and 
peaceable life in all godliness and 
honesty. For this is good and ac- 
ceptable in the sight of God our Sav- 
iour; who will have all men to be 
saved, and to come unto the knowl- 
edge of the truth." 

We see first in this passage that we 
should recognize and accept this re- 
sponsibility in order that we may 
continue to live in this land of liberty 
in a peaceable manner. Now let us 
take note of our liberties; let us 
"count our many blessings, and 
name them one by one." 

1. We may meet publicly to wor- 
ship as the Holy Spirit guides us 



without fear of molestation or intim- 
idation of any kind. 

2. We may worship according to 
the dictates of God's Word and are 
not required to follow the imperious 
dictum of any man. 

3. We may hold great public 
gatherings and rallies and publicly 
call all men to repentance and salva- 
tion in the Lord Jesus Chi'ist. 

4. We may take as much of our 
money as we wish and use it as we 
please to send missionaries to for- 
eign lands with the blessed gospel 
message. 

These are some of our liberties 
and privileges, and how precious 
they are! But along with these priv- 




Rev. Richard Jackson 

ileges comes also responsibility. Be- 
cause of these liberties, because of 
God's blessing upon our land we, 
the members of the church of Jesus 
Christ, have become the last hope of 
the Gospel in the world. When the 
records and facts are examined care- 
fully we discover that America is 
the main source of funds and work- 
ers for missions in the world today. 
"America has thus become the last 
beachhead for foreign missionary 
endeavor for the lost areas of the 
world." With this great fact in mind, 
and when we realize that 83 people a 
minute die without Christ, we should 
fall to our knees and beseech God 
in behalf of our President and his 
coworkers and our country that we 
may continue to enjoy these liber- 
ties in order that the Gospel may 
continue to be sent to the far cor- 
nel's of the world. 

Secondly, we should recognize and 
accept this prayer responsibility in 
order that we may, insofar as is 
humanly possible, with the help of 
the Holy Spirit, do that which is 



good and acceptable in the sight of 
God. When we took the Lord Jesus 
Christ as our Saviour we learned 
something about the mercy of God. 
It was the mercy of God that planned 
the redemption of man. It was the 
mercy of God that preserved the 
Hebrew nation out of which was to 
come Him who was to be the Saviour 
of the world. It was the mercy of 
God that placed Christ on the cross 
in our stead. It was the mercy of 
God that turned our hearts to Him 
in simple faith. 

Paul says, "I beseech you there- 
fore, brethren, by the mercies of 
God, that ye present your bodies a 
living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto 
God, which is your reasonable serv- 
ice. And be not conformed to this 
world: but be ye transformed by the 
renewing of your mind, that ye may 
prove what is that good, and accept- 
able, and perfect, will of God" (Rom. 
12:1-2). Since we have dedicated 
our lives to do that which is good 
and acceptable in the sight of God, 
then we must accept this responsi- 
bility of prayer because God clearly 
states that it is good and acceptable 
in His sight. 

Thirdly, we should recognize and 
accept this prayer responsibility be- 
cause God would have all men to be 
saved. "It is not his will that any 
should perish but that all should 
come to repentance." Belief in the 
Lord Jesus Christ is not incompat- 
ible with the presidency of the Unit- 
ed States. It can now be said on the 
basis of historical docuinentary evi- 
dence that Abraham Lincoln was a 
Christ-loving, God-honoring, Bible- 
believing, born-again Christian. If 
this is not already true of Mr. Eisen- 
hower, Mr. Nixon, and the other 
leaders of our land then we have a 
definite responsibility to them to 
pray to that end. If we pray great 
things and expect great things I be- 
lieve we shall see great things. 

Citizenship Responsibility 

The second responsibility I found 
was a citizenship responsibility set 
forth in Romans 13:1-7. The Chris- 
tian citizen should be the very best 
citizen this country ever had. 

This is so, first of all, because our 



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government was ordained of God. 
We say that the voice of the people 
was heard on November 4 and Mr. 
Eisenhower was elected President. 
This is true on the human plane, but 
behind it all was the overruling hand 
of God. It was he that put Mr. Eis- 
enhower into the highest office of 
the land, "for there is no power but 
of God." 

Hundreds of years ago this prin- 
ciple was recognized by an old pa- 
gan king. He wrote a state paper 
on the subject and that state paper 
later became a part of Holy Scrip- 
ture. It is the 4th chapter of Daniel. 
In it is recorded: "The most High 
ruleth in the kingdom of men, and 
giveth it to whomsoever he will." 
The fact that the rulers may be bad 
does not alter the case; the Word of 
God stUl stands. It will be remem- 
bered that Christ suffered and died 
under the rule of Pontius Pilate and 
Paul died under the nefarious Nero. 
but if you search the record of Scrip- 
ture you will find that neither Christ 
nor Paul ever denied or reviled the 
authority. Neither should we, but 
rather we should pray for those peo- 
ple in authority. 

We have this citizenship responsi- 
bility because our leaders, magis- 
trates, and protective organizations 
are the ministers of God. From the 
very fii'st, governments and their 
leaders have been appointed by God 
as His ministers. They have appeared 
upon the horizon and marched across 
the stage of history in an orderly 
fashion to run out their designated 
span of existence, and then they have 
disappeared from the scene of hu- 
man experience. All were His min- 
isters: Assyria was His hammer, Cy- 
rus was His shepherd. Egypt was 
His garden. Tyre was His jewel, and 
so it goes. 

Everywhere divine power was felt, 
God's shuttle of providence flashed 
in and out, weaving into one great 
fabric of history a thousand different 
threads of human life and govern- 
ment. All were His ministers. 

We should accept this citizenship 
responsibility for the sake of our 
own consciences. A clear conscience 
is of the utmost importance to the 
child of God. Hear the words of 
John: "Beloved, if our heart con- 
demn us not, then have we confi- 
dence toward God. And whatsoever 
we ask, we receive of him because 
we keep his commandments, and do 
those things that are pleasing in his 
sight" (I John 3:21-22). And Paul 
wrote: "Wherefore ye must needs be 



subject, not only for wrath, but also 
for conscience sake" (Rom. 13:5). 
One of the ways of maintaining a 
clear conscience before God is by 
maintaining a clear record before the 
"higher powers," by being the best 
citizens this country ever had. 

Witnessing Responsibility 

A third responsibility which I 
found is a witnessing responsibility 
as set forth by Peter: "For so is the 
will of God, that with well doing ye 
may put to silence the ignorance of 
foolish men" (I Pet. 2:15). 

The good name of the church has 
been besmirched by the actions of 
some people professing to bear its 
name. They try to foist upon the 
earthly governments those legisla- 
tions applicable only to the govern- 
ment of God's kingdom. This they 
do when they spread their subver- 
sive doctrine of pacifism. They then 
"conscientiously" object to the point 
of breaking the law, but they give 
the lie to their position when they do 
not live consistent with their pro- 
fession. It is this kind of a witness 
that brings dishonor to the blessed 
name of the Captain of our Salva- 
tion. It must be recognized by all 
Christians that people will read our 
footprints before they will read our 
lips. 

The Brethren Church has taken a 
definite stand in regard to the Chris- 
tians' responsibility to their country 
in time of war. We believe we 
should serve and help in every way 
possible short of bearing arms. Our 
government has recognized the va- 
lidity of that position and has en- 
acted special legislation to make it 
possible for young men and women 
with this belief to serve their coun- 
try without compromising their 
stand. But be certain, young man 
or young woman, if you take that 
stand you must live a life consistent 
with your profession. 

Yes, the good name of the church 
of Jesus Christ has been besmirched. 
The tongues of foolish men have 
been set into almost perpetual mo- 
tion. Thus we as Christian citizens 
of this great country have a solemn 



Browsing Among 
The Books 



It is the purpose of this column to bring to 
the reader's attention some of the books that 
are being presented to the reading public to- 
day. Each book reviewed here will present 
a message of some merit and worthy of con- 
sideration, though a review of a book does 
not necessarily mean that the reviewer ap- 
proves everything in it. 

Any book mentioned in this column may 
be purchased from the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company, Winona Lake. Ind- 



HE EXPOUNDED, by Douglas M. 

White. Moodij Press. 1952. Cloth. 

158 pp. $2.50. 
"Preach the word" (II Tim. 4:2), 
the injunction to Timothy in the 
long ago, has been taken by evei-y 
preacher as a command for his owm 
ministry. Yet few understand what 
those words mean. Without a doubt 
Mr. White has done much to bring 
this fact to the attention of present- 
day ministry. So vital is this theme 
in this day when few, even in ortho- 
dox and fundamental circles, are do- 
ing expository preaching, this work 
is to be commended to the ministi-y 
everywhere as a stimulus to measure 
and improve their preaching. 




STIR UP THE GIFT, by Paul S. 
R e e s. Zondervan Publishing 
House. 1952. Cloth. 158 pp. S2. 
This book contains the lectures on 
evangelism delivered in 1951 at Bob 
Jones University. The very obvious 
intent is to stir up within the hearts 
of young men the passion for evan- 
gelism in an age when evangelism 
has been disappearing from the min- 
istry of the church. In a remarkable 
way the author charts the course of 
evangelism through the centuries, 
diagnoses the decline within the past 
50 years, and points the way to a 
possible recovery of the lost fii"e. 
This will warm the spirit of every 
reader, and it should rekindle the 
passion for evangelism in those who 
once had it. 



responsibility to live such a witness 
as will put to silence the ignorance 
of these foolish men: to live such 
lives that these men will see in us 
the honesty and courage of our 
blessed Lord — lives that will bring 
glory and honor to His name. 

God help us so to live that when 
we stand face to face with the Kin^ 
of kings and Lord of lords we may 
hear from His lips the words, "Wc'l 
done, thou good and faithful serv- 
ant." 



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INTERESTING ITEMS FROM THE YOUTH DIRECTOR 



BBC NEWS NOTES 

Arthur Martinez, Brethren Boys 
Club national president, now at 
Camp Pickett, Va., reports that a 
number of Brethren people have 
sent him names of boys at Camp 
Pickett for him to look up, and he 
has had much joy and success in 
locating many of these and sharing 
spiritual activities with them. Ar- 
thur is still on the job witnessing to 
unsaved boys, too, and has been able 
to help some to Christ. 

Boys of our Canton, Ohio, church 
have been meeting with the men's 
group monthly, but plans are being 
made to begin regular club meetings 
again. 

While in Cleveland, Ohio, recently, 
we found a great deal of enthusiasm 
for starting a club in our church 
there. Funds were made available, 
and plans were laid that night for a 
club to reach the boys of their com- 
munity. They have very few boys 
of club age in their Sunday school, 
but plenty of them in their neigh- 
borhood. They feel that a club might 
cure the problem of broken windows 
in their new church building — a 
problem that has plagued them con- 
siderably. 



BBC JEEP DEBT PAID OFF 

The last payment on our BBC 
station wagon for Albuquerque was 
made within the last 2 weeks, so this 
missionary obligation of rather long 
standing has been met. The Chris- 
tian friends who loaned us the 
money for the original purchase have 
been very patient and understand- 
ing, and we are grateful to them. 
And we're thankful that we've been 
able to have a part in our New Mex- 
ico missionary work through this 
vehicle. But we're most thankful 
that the obligation is now met, and 
we can plan for another missionary 
project. 



YOUTH DIRECTOR VISITS A. B. I. 

It was my privilege to spend a 
couple days at the Akron Bible In- 
stitute in January, speaking to 
chapel services in both the day and 
evening school. It was a pleasure to 
see their beautiful new campus — 
formerly a Firestone estate. 

We have one Brethren girl in the 



full-time day school, and a number 
of other Brethren students in the 
evening school. Total enrollment 
currently is 137, and the school's 
president is Dr. Raymond E. Ging- 
rich, well-known Brethren minister. 



giving them guidance as to the best 
way to dispatch their responsibilities. 



BYF ADDS NEW SERVICE 

In addition to monthly party plans, 
currently provided by the Brethren 
Youth Fellowship for all pastors and 



^/fe^aJ^«^;^ 




BYF advisors, another new feature 
has been added to the BYF mailing 
packets. This month several pages 
for a BYF president's notebook are 
being sent to our groups for ap- 
proval. These are prepared on 
standard 3% x 6-inch notebook 
pages, and will carry instructions, 
duties, ideas, etc., for the top ofRcer 
of our groups. If these are well re- 
ceived, and seem to meet a real need, 
other notebooks will be prepared for 
each of the officers of the BYF 
group. 

Since one of the main purposes of 
BYF is for training, these may meet 
a real need in reminding our officers 
just what is expected of them, and 



YOUTH DIRECTOR TO ATTEND 
CAMP CONVENTION 

Since this is the time of the year 
that most of our summer camps are 
being planned. Youth Director Ralph 
Colburn is planning to attend the 
regional convention of the American 
Camping Association this month in 
Indianapolis. Though the ACA is a 
secular organization, many ideas on 
the business end of camping, and 
some on the programming end can 
be learned at such a gathering. The 
time of the convention fits right into 
his schedule among our churches of 
southern Ohio and Indiana. 



ISLANDS RIPE FOR REVIVAL 

Rev. Paul Hartford, formerly of 
Winona Lake, Ind., and now a flying 
evangelist associated with Youth for 
Christ International, recently com- 
pleted an island-hopping tour of the 
Haiti and Jamaica area. 

Mr. Hartford was accompanied by 
Mr. Don Luttrell, of Bradenton. Fla.. 
and Rev. Jack Hill, of Brantford, 
Ontario. The 3 men preached, sang, 
and used their musical instruments 
in the various meetings they con- 
ducted. 

During this particular campaign 
they traveled 2,500 miles, visited 1.5 
islands, conducted 45 public meet- 
ings, and witnessed 150 public con- 
fessions of faith in Christ. 



PRAY FOR THESE SPECIAL MEETINGS 



Church 
Beaumont, Calif. . 
Covington, Ohio.. 
Harrah, Wash .... 
Waynesboro, Pa . . 
Johnstown, Pa. (1) 
Rittman, Ohio .... 
Dayton, Ohio (N. 

Riverdale) . . . . 

Artesia. Calif 

Cuyahoga Falls, O. 
Roanoke, Va. 

(Ghent) 

Whittier, Calif. 

(1st) 

Winchester, Va . . . 
Wooster, Ohio. . . . 



Dates Pastor 

Feb. 1-15 Gene Farrell 

Feb. 1-15 James Young 

Feb. 1-15 Jesse Hall 

Feb. 1-15 Dennis HoUiday. 

Feb. 2-15 W. A. Ogden. . . . 

Feb. 4-15 Charles Ashman. 

Feb. 6-8 Clyde Balyo 

Feb. 8-13 Adam Rager 

Feb. 8-15 Richard Burch . . . , 



Speaker 
Bob Munro. 
R. Paul Miller. 
Robert Ashman. 
William Smith. 
Michael Walsh. 
Ding Teuling. 

Charles Mayes. 
Russell Humberd. 
Herman Hovt. 



Feb. 8-15 Robert Miller Conard Sandy. 



Feb. 8-22 Carl Sisson 

Feb. 8-11 Paul Dick 

Feb. 15 Kenneth Ashman . 



Cedric Sears. 
O. E. Phillips. 
James Bennett. 



February 7, 1953 



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^ev. and lirs- Jilaine Snyder 
Hinona Lake. Ind. 



Blessed Names of Our Lord 

ii=^^^ By Rev. Charles Ashman, Rittman, Ohio ^= 



heart! How our hearts should ache • 
for those who know Him not." 

Jesus Christ, my Chief Corner Stone, 

Foundation of my faith, 
Elect of God and Chosen One 

Who gave me life from death. 

And though rejected by the world. 

Precious is Hef to me. 
For life eternal before me unfurled. 

In Jesus my Saviour I see. 



VI. CHRIST THE STONE. 



As recorded in Daniel's 2d chap- 
ter, Nebuchadnezzar's vision reveals 
a "stone . . . cut out . . . without 
hands." This stone smashed the 
image — which stone is none other 
than Christ. 

The name "Stone" as applied to 
the Lord is often used. In Genesis 
49:24 He is referred to as "the stone 
of Israel." Jacob is on his deathbed. 
Well he remembers when he took of 
the stones of the field for his pillow. 
Now he thinks of the comfort Jeho- 
vah is to him, the foundotioa upon 
which he has built his ve'-y life. 
This expression, first used by Jacob, 
is repeated over and over again in 
the Word and it finds its echo in the 
hearts of those who have found 
Jesus a sure foundation and a real 
comfort. 

In Psalm 118:22 Chi-ist is prophet- 
ically called "the headstone of the 
corner," and Peter takes up this 
theme in I Peter 2:4-8, where he re- 
fers to Christ as the "chief corner 
stone." The corner stone was the 
foundation of the building. Safety 
and security were to be found in it. 
The Jews, "God's chosen builders," 
refused God's spiritual corner stone, 
Christ, but the Father Himself has 
established Him, Note what Peter 
and the prophet have to say about 
this Chief Corner Stone. 

1. "Elect" — Christ is "chosen of 
God." He is God's chosen way of 
salvation and of righteousness. 

2. "Living" — This Stone is not 
composed of an inert mass, but is 
the living corner stone of the living 
church, made up of "living stones" — 
the saints. He lives and always will 
live to give life — eternal life — to all 
who will believe in Kim. 

3. "Tried" (Isa. 28:16) —Christ 
has been tested and tried and has 
stood unchanged and unchangeable, 
"in all points tempted like as we are, 
yet without sin." 

4. "Precious" — How precious is 
He'' Ah, the more we know about 
Him the more wonderful He be- 



comes. The more intimately we 
know Him the more precious He 
becomes. He is not precious to the 
world — it has no place for "the 
Stone," no use for Him — but "unto 
you therefore which believe he is 
precious." 

5. "Rejected" — "A stone of stum- 
bling" — the Corner Stone upon 
which the whole world was built, 
upon which the church is being built 
— rejected? How can it be? "To 
those who willfully reject Him, as 
did the Jewish nation, and stumble 
into the abyss, there is weeping and 
wailing and gnashing of teeth. To 
those who pride themselves upon 
their education, wealth, or position, 
and refuse to bow at His feet. He is a 
Stone of stumbling. How subtle is 
Sctan! How hard is the human 



FORMOSANS RECEIVING CHRIST 

On December 1, 1952, the "Evei-y 
Village Crusade" was started on the 
island of Formosa for the purpose of 
taking the Gospel to every village on 
the island within 36 months. Rev. 
Richard Hillis is directing the work. 

On the fii'st day. the Billy Sunday 
mobile unit (funds for it were con- 
tributed by Mrs. William "Ma" .Sun- 
day) reached 6 villages and wit- 
nessed 68 public professions of faith. 
On the second day 2 units went out, 
reached 12 villages, and witnessed 
212 public confessions of Christ. 

More than 50.000 Formosans and 
Chinese nationalist soldiers are en- 
rolled in the Bible correspondence 
course sponsored by the Youth for 
Christ leaders. Most of these have 
received Christ since October 1. 1950. 



A STATEMENT 

In the Brethren Quarterly for Young People and 
Adults for the third quarter, 1952. the writer quoted 
several times from the Revised Standard Version of the 
Bible, In view of the opposition that has arisen against 
the R. S. V. it should be explained that these Sunday 
school lessons were written last summer and published 
by the Brethren Missionary Herald Company early in 
the fall, before the Revised Standard Version of the 
entire Bible had even been published. But the lessons 
were read by our Brethren people in the month of 
December, after conservative scholars had had oppor- 
tunity to study the new revision, and the storm of pro- 
test against its modernistic perversion of Scripture was 
rising. The writer quoted from the New Testament of 
the R. S. v., which was published in 1946, and over 
which no storm had arisen. 

The writer wishes it to be known that after consider- 
ing the evidence for and against the new revision he is 
definitely convinced that it is the work of men who do 
not respect the Bible as the verbally inspired Word of 
God, and who are opposed to the great doctrines of the 
faith having to do with the person of Jesus Christ, His 
deity and virgin birth in particular. 

MARK E. MALLES 



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Winona Lake. Ind. 

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If extra copies of the Brethren 
Missionary Herald for February 28. 
carrying the appraisal of the Revised 
Standard Version of the Bible by 
Grace Seminary professors, are de- 
sired, the order for them must be at 
the Herald office not later than Feb- 
ruary 16. The price for extra copies 
is 5c each for single copies, or 3c 
each when 10 or more copies are or- 
dered to be delivered to 1 address in 
1 bundle. 

On February 1 Rev. W. A. Ogden 
began his 7th year as pastor of the 
Johnstown, Pa., Fii-st church. Dur- 
ing the 6 years of his ministry there 
169 people united with the church. 

Bro. J. Stanley Barr, of the Seven 
Fountains ,Va., church, died recently 
and Rev. Paul Dick conducted the 
funeral services January 26. 

The Yakima, Wash., church cele- 
brated the 5th anniversary of the 
groundbreaking service for its build- 
ing January 25. Rev. Russell Wil- 
liams is the pastor. 

Bro. Doiiald Ogden, instructor in 
music in the collegiate division and 
student in the graduate division of 
Grace Theological Seminary, under- 
went a hernia operation January 27 
at a Warsaw, Ind., hospital and is 
now recuperating at his home at 
Winona Lake. 

Eugene, Oreg., has been selected 
as a location for a Brethren Bible 
class, looking forward to another 
Brethren church in the Northwest 
District. Class began February 2. 
Any person in the area or anyone 
knowing of people in the area in- 
terested in such a class, please send 
names and addresses to Rev. Glen 
Welborn, 825 Ermine St., Albany, 



Oreg., or to Mr. Dale Wyles, 85 
Willona Dr., Eugene, Oreg. 

The Conemaugh, Pa., church, pas- 
tored by Rev. Stanley Hauser, held 
dedicatory services for its redecorat- 
ed building January 18. A new roof 
was added, the building was painted 
inside and outside, and the floor was 
carpeted. 

The Alexandria, Va., church, pas- 
tored by Rev. Kermeth Teague, gave 
to all funds $133.08 per capita in 
1952. 

"Rev. and Mrs. William Clough. 
Tracy, Calif., announce the engage- 
ment of their daughter, Ruth, to Mr. 
LeRoy Hawkins, of Albany, Oreg." 
Both are students in Grace Semi- 
nary. 

Mrs. Rose Foster, deputation mis- 
sionary, spent the week of January 
19-23 speaking at the Long Beach, 
Calif., Brethren Elementary School. 




Bro. Arthur Wetherhee, of the 
Long Beach, Calif., First church, has 
not missed a midweek prayer service 
for 20 years. Each Sunday he super- 
vises the parking lot of the church. 

Rev. Mark Malles, Altoona, Pa., 
joined other fundamental pastors in 
a round-table discussion of the Re- 
vised Standard Version of the Bible 
over radio WRTA January 28. 

The Glendale, Calif., church, tem- 
porarily without a pastor, has sched- 
uled Rev. John Lienhard, San Ber- 
nardino, as preacher for February 
15 and Dr. Harold Lindsell, Pasa- 
dena, for February 22. 

The Compton. Calif., church, of 
which Rev. Norman Nelson is pas- 
tor, is planning a retreat for its 
young people at Crestline February 
27-March 1. 

Rev. Russell Humberd, Flora, Ind., 
plans to speak at the Haw'thorne 
Christian School, Hawthorne, Calif.. 
February 15-17, and at the Glendora, 
Calif., Church of the Brethren Feb- 
ruary 18-20. 

The Southeast District has sched- 
uled an overnight youth rally for 



the Roanoke, Va., church February 
13-14 and another at the Covington, 
Va., church April 10-11. 

Dr. Charles Mayes, pastor of the 
Long Beach, Calif., First church, has 
been ill. Rev. Albert Flory and Dr. 
Harry Vom Bruch preached for him 
January 11, and the speakers on the 
Torrey Memorial Conference spoke 
the next 2 Sundays. 

Dr. Paul Bauman, Winona Lake, 
spoke at the Philadelphia, Pa., First 
church January 18 and Bro. Gene 
Perry spoke there Januai'y 21. 

The Los Angeles, Calif., First 
church had a winter retreat for 46 of 
its young people at Acorn Lodge 
January 23-25. Rev. Glenn O'Neal 
is pastor of this church. 

Mrs. Grace Fike. for many years a 
member of the Meyersdale, Pa., 
church, died at the home of her 
daughter, Mrs. Mahlon Bowser, Ely- 
ria, Ohio, January 12. Funeral serv- 
ices were at Meyersdale in charge 
of her pastor. Rev. Leslie Moore. 

Plans are being made to begin a 
Bible class in Cumberland, Md. Any 
person in that area or anyone know- 
ing of persons in that area inter- 
ested in the Brethi-en testimony con- 
tact Rev. Leslie Moore, 112 Beachley 
St., Meyersdale, Pa. 

The Long Beach, Calif., First 
church is to have the fii'st campaign 
conducted by the Brethi-en United 
Evangelistic Crusade, March 1-15. 
with Rev. R. Paul Miller as evan- 
gelist. In preparation the churoh 
has appointed a steering committee 
headed by Wilbur Snively, and has 
planned a banquet meeting for all 
workers February 19, to be addressed 
by Evangelist Bob Munro, of Canada. 

Mrs. Buford (Edra) Campbell, 
member of the Long Beach, Calif., 
First church for more than 8 years, 
died January 21. Funeral services 
were held at the church January 24. 
in charge of her pastor, Dr. Charles 
Mayes, and Rev. Alan Pearce. 

The Waterloo, Iowa, church was 
host to a crusade sponsored jointly 
by the Fellowship of the Faith and 
the Christian Business Men's Com- 
mittee February 3. Mr. Calvin Chao. 
of the China Native Evangelistic 
Cnisade, was the speaker following 
a covered-dish meal. Dr. Robert 
McBirnie spoke at the church Feb- 
ruary 4. 



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A NEW CRIME WAVE 



-OR, SALVATION EVEN FOR A THIEF 



I 



By Rev. Dennis I. Holliday, Waynesboro, Pa. 



A new crime wave is sweeping our 
country. An average of 540 automo- 
biles are stolen each day across our 
nation. Car theft, according to the 
Federal Bureau of Investigation, is 
the fastest growing criminal enter- 
prise in the United States — leaping 
21 percent in 2 years. A jewelry 
thief who has stolen jewelry in his 
possession must first find a market 
for his loot, and even then he may 
have to sell it for only about one- 
tenth of the real value. A car thief 
can easUy and quickly sell a car 
almost anywhere, and can get prac- 
tically the full value in cash every 
time. 

Thievery Is Sin 

No matter what the form of thiev- 
ery of which a person is guilty, it is 
wrong, it is sinful. Whether a per- 
son steals a 5- or 10-cent item from 
the dime store, or steals a $2,000 car, 
it is wrong in the eyes of the law of 
our land, and it is sin in the sight of 
God, who sees and knows all things. 

Stealing is taking that which be- 
longs to another without having per- 
mission to take the same. The Bible 
speaks positively against stealing. 
First of all, stealing is such a wicked 
thing that God included it in the Ten 
Commandments. The 8th command- 
ment is, "Thou shalt not steal." In 
the New Testament we have positive 
statements against stealing. In Mat- 
thew 19:18 we read: "Jesus said . . . 
Thou shalt not steal." In Romans 
13:9 we have these same words re- 
peated: "Thou shalt not steal." Mov- 
ing on into the Book of Ephesians we 
read, "Let him that stole steal no 
more" (4:28). 

Stealing Time 

When we think of stealing, we 
usually think of someone taking an 
object that belongs to another per- 
son without having the right or per- 
mission to do so. It is also possible 
to steal from God. There are 7 days 
in a week. The first day in the week 
is the Lord's Day. The remaining 6 
days are for us in which we may do 
our work. The Lord's Day is to be 
a day of rest for our bodies, a day in 
which to receive food for Our souls, a 
special day in which we serve the 
Lord Jesus Christ, and a day in 
which to worship our Saviour in the 

February 14, 1953 



house of the Lord. Even though 
God has allowed us 6 days in which 
to do our work, yet there are some 
Christians who steal a part, or all, of 
the Lord's Day and use it for them- 
selves, either for personal gain or 
personal pleasures. If to steal from 
a neighbor is bad, it is a greater sin 
to steal from God. 

Stealing the Tithe 

In the Old Testament we read that 
a 10th part of one's income belonged 
to the Lord. "The tithe ... is the 
Lord's." In the New Testament we 







Rev. Dennis Holliday 

do not have a specific command to 
give a tithe, but even so, much is 
said about giving. We are to give 
cheerfully, we are to give as the 
Lord has prospered us. We are to 
give systematically, each week, a 
portion to God. As a minimum, we 
ought to give a 10th of our income to 
the Lord, and to His work. Not to 
give back a proper portion to God is 
to steal from God. To take God's 
portion and use it for ourselves is to 
steal from God. 

Whether you have stolen from 
man or stolen from God you are 
guUty and stand condemned and 
worthy of hell. In the Book of 
Joshua, chapter 7, we read of Achan. 
who stole some clothing and a wedge 
of gold. As soon as it was discov- 
ered that he was guilty he was put 
to death, because stealing is a dread- 
ful sin. 

Jesus Christ came for the specific 
pui-pose of saving us from our sins. 
The angel said to Joseph, the hus- 
band of Mary, "She shall bring forth 
a son, and thou shalt call his name 
JESUS: for he shall save his people 
from their sins" (Matt. 1:21). In the 



5th chapter of Romans we read, 
"Christ died for the ungodly." In 
the 15th chapter of I Corinthians we 
read, "Christ died for our sins," that 
is, He bore the penalty for our sins 
when He died on Calvary's cross. 

Salvation Even for a Thief 

When Jesus Christ was crucified 
there were 2 thieves crucified at the 
same time — one on the right hand 
and the other on the left. One of 
those thieves got saved just before 
he died. We wUl notice carefully 
how that thief got saved, that we 
may know how God saves people 
today. We are sure the thief was 
saved because Jesus said to him, "To 
day shalt thou be with me in para- 
dise" (Luke 23:43). 

First, let us notice what this thief 
did not do to be saved. He did not 
join a church, he was not baptized, 
he gave no money to the church, and 
he never had an opportunity to teach 
a Sunday school class. Yet the Lord 
said to him, "To day shalt thou be 
with me in paradise." 

We will notice what he did do: 
(1) He believed that Jesus was the 
sinless Son of God, for he said, "This 
man [Jesus] hath done nothing 
amiss." (2) He evidently recognized 
that Jesus Christ was not dying for 
His own sins, but that He was dying 
for the sins of others. He admitted 
that Jesus was not worthy of death 
when he said, "This man hath done 
nothing amiss." (3) He then looked 
up into the face of Jesus and called 
Him, "Lord." He recognized He was 
verily deity, that He was God mani- 
fest in flesh. (4) He then very sim- 
ply placed his faith in Jesus Christ 
when he said, "Lord, remember me." 

Salvation for You, Too 

That is how the dying thief was 
saved, and that is how you, too, can 
be saved today. Acknowledge Jesus 
Christ as the sinless Son of God, and 
that when He died on the cross He 
died for you — that He bore the pen- 
alty for your sin. We have the 
promise in the Word of God that 
"whosoever shall call upon the name 
of the Lord shall be saved" (Rom. 
10:13). The Scripture also says, 

fCoiithiued on Page 101) 

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THE SEVEN SAYINGS ON THE CROSS 



By Rev. R. I. Humberd, Flora, Ind. ^ 



I. THE CRY OF INTERCESSION. 



"And he bearing his cross went 
forth into a place called the place of 
a skull, which is called in the He- 
brew Golgotha: where they crucified 
him, and two other with him, on 
either side one, and Jesus in the 
midst" (John 19:17-18). 

Last words are precious words. 
We draw near the bed of a dying 
friend; we bend over and strain our 
ears to catch the faintest whisper, 
and cherish those words the rest of 
our life. 

Our Lord was arrested in Geth- 
semane and given a mock trial be- 
fore the high priests and the Roman 
governors, Pilate and Herod. Then 
He was taken out to Calvary and 
crucified. There He hung helpless 
and forlorn. So brutal had been His 
treatment that His face was out of 
shape and "his visage was so marred 
more than any man" (Isa. 52:14). 
But through all this vile treatment 
He had been "as a sheep befoi-e her 
shearers is dumb, so he openeth not 
his mouth" (Isa. 53:7). 

"Then said Jesus, Father, forgive 
them; for they know not what they 
do" (Luke 23:34). 

The crowd about the cross was 
taunting; the soldiers were mocking, 
but He "reviled not again" (I Pet. 
2:23). But now He prepares to 
speak. What words will issue from 
those lips? Will He, like Elijah, call 
down fire upon His tormentors? 

Seven hundred years before, Isaiah 
had prophesied that He would make 
"intercession for the transgressors" 
—"Father, forgive" (Isa. 53:12). 

"Father." All through His life He 
had been in fellowship with His 
Father. Now on the cross, even 
though mankind had forsaken, yet 
He was still in fellowship with the 
Father. 

"Forgive them." Why did He call 
upon the Father to forgive? Had He 
not shown His power to forgive sins 
when He healed the paralyzed man 
(Mark 2), and did He not give peace 
to the penitent thief? But the word 
"Father" carries with it certain re- 
sponsibilities. A father not only 



provides for his child, but he also 
protects. 

A neighbor woman turned her lit- 
tle boy loose to pester us. One day 
I heard my little boy sob out, "I'll 
tell my papa." 

I looked and my boy had been 
cutting grass with a sickle. The 
neighbor boy had taken the sifckle 
away from him and held it by the 
handle. My boy had grasped the 
sharp edge with both his little hands. 
Only a slight jerk and my boy's little 
fingers would be cut half ofl. Verily, 




Rev. R. I. Humberd 



I darted out that door like a streak 
of lightning. 

And so with the Father. He had 
seen men spit in the face of His Son; 
He had seen them scourge and cru- 
cify Him. It was only natural for 
Him to act. One faint whisper from 
the Son and 12 legions of angels 
would dash to His rescue (Matt. 26). 

No doubt the angels were standing 
in awe, and in the heart of everyone 
there burned a desire to rescue their 
beloved Creator. What will He do? 
His lips part — will it be a cry for 
vengeance? Nay, verily, human ears 
had never heard such words from a 
Roman cross before — "Forgive 
them." 

And was this prayer ever an- 
swered? A few weeks later, on 
Pentecost, Peter faced those same 
Jews and cried, "Ye have taken, and 
by wicked hands have crucified and 
slain" Jesus of Nazareth, and 3.000 
were forgiven that very day (Acts 
2:23, 41). 



"For they know not what they do." 
Let the reader of these lines beware 
that he take not these words as a 
license to sin. I once talked to a 
person who refused to read the Bi- 
ble, thinking he would not be held 
responsible if he did not know its 
contents. 

Verily, to thus tamper with eter- 
nal things is folly indeed. Let such 
an one test out this method in an 
earthly court where the stakes are 
not so high. Let him try it on the 
traffic laws, and see if willful igno- 
rance will excuse. But those who 
crucified Jesus were forgiven be- 
cause "they knew not" what they 
did. 

There are several kinds of sin. 
The Old Testament speaks of "sins 
of ignorance," yet the offender was 
guilty. There is the sin of omission. 
It is this sin that sends men to hell, 
for "he that believeth not is con- 
demned already" (John 3:18). 

There is sin through weakness. 
Paul speaks of "the evil which I 
would not, that I do" (Rom. 7:19). 
There is also the sin of presumption. 
Men who turn the "grace of our God 
into lasciviousness" (Jude 4), who 
take the silence of God as a license 
to sin; men "who knowing the judg- 
ment of God, that they which com- 
mit such things are worthy of death, 
not only do the same, but have pleas- 
ure in them that do them" (Rom. 
1:32); men who presume upon the 
mercy of God and deliberately and 
knowingly sin, are guilty of a pre- 
sumptuous sin and for this sin there 
is no remedy (Num. 15:30). 

But those saved on Pentecost did 
not commit a presumptuous sin. 
True, their sin was fearful indeed, 
but in the heat of the mob, being 
driven on by the "chief priests and 
elders," they had cast their vote 
against Him, and knew not that they 
were crucifying the Lord of glory 
(Matt. 27:20; I Cor. 2:8). Thus let 
them "repent, and be baptized every 
one of you in tlie name of Jesus 
Christ for the remission of sins, and 
ye shall receive the gift of the Holy 
Ghost" (Acts 2:38). 



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Awake! The Enemy 
Moves! 

By Rev. Glen Welborn, Albany, Oreg. 

The Bible is attacked! 

That we are living in the closing 
days of this church age, all wide- 
awake Bible believers agree. 

And Satan, too, is well aware of 
this fact! 

Satan is God's archenemy. He 
hates God. He hates God's Son, the 
Lord Jesus Christ. He hates God's 
blood-bought children. He wants no 
one saved from the hell prepared for 
him and his angels (Matt. 25:41). 

Out of this race of wicked men, 
God is cleansing and preparing a 
body of believers to give to His Son 
for a bride. This body, the bride of 
Christ, is the church — not denomina- 
tions, but THE church — made up of 
all born-again believei's. Satan hates 
this church and seeks to destroy it. 
In the fii-st 2 centuries he tried to 
destroy it by killing Christians. It 
didn't work. He changed his tactics. 
He couldn't destroy it from without, 
so he moved inside to corrupt and 
destroy it from within. As Satan 
corrupted churches, God raised up 
others to preach the unsearchable 
riches of Christ; to preach "the gos- 
pel of Christ" which "is the power of 
God unto salvation to every one that 
believeth." And while God was 
raising up good churches, Satan 
raised up false cults and isms along 
with the corrupted ones, until today 
a lost soul wandering through this 
dark world of sin hardly knows what 
church or religion to accept and 
trust. 

AND NOW IT HAS HAPPENED 
TO THE BIBLE! 

Satan, through atheists and infi- 
dels like Tom Paine, Robert G. In- 
gersoll, and Voltaire, tried to "kill" 
the Bible and rid it from the earth. 
But the Bible lives on! Again Satan 
has changed his tactics in so-called 
Christian lands. He couldn't destroy 
the Bible from without, so he seeks 
to corrupt it from within its pages 
by all kinds of translations. Within 
the past generation there have come 
so many translations that men must 
ask, "Which one can we trust? 
Which one is God's Word?" 

The latest and most subtle and 
dangerous of these is the Revised 
Standard Version produced by the 
National Council of Churches of 
Christ in the U. S. A. 

Young people, and all who read, 



Blessed Names of Our Lord 



■By Rev. Charles Ashman, Rittman, Chic 
VII. THE LORD OUR ROCK. 



In the last article we considered 
the name "Stone," and today we 
want to think of a similar name 
given to the Lord — "Rock." A stone 
we usually think of in builder's pro- 
portions, but a rock we consider as 
something huge and great. The 
name "Rock" is used of the Lord 
along with several descriptive adjec- 
tives. He is called "Rock of ages," 
"Rock of my salvation," "that spirit- 
ual Rock," My strong Rock," and 
others. But there is one which 
stands out to me above all others. 

In Psalms 61:2 David, the psalmist, 
calls the Lord, "The Rock that s 
higher than I." To prove that the 
name "Rock" refers to Christ, turn 
to I Corinthians 10:4, where Paul, 
in speaking of the Rock of Israel, 
says, "And that Rock was Christ." 

The very name "Rock" speaks to 
us of steadfastness, sureness, perma- 
nence, everlastingness — hence "Rock 
of ages." As the cliff rocks were a 
place of refuge, safety, and security 
from attacking enemies, hence "my 
strong Rock" and "Rock of my sal- 
vation." 

But again, if Christ is to be our 
salvation, security, and defense. He 
must of necessity be "the Rock that 
is higher than I." Read all of Psalm 



61— David's heart cry to the Lord— 
and you will know why he reached 
to a "Rock" that was higher than 
himself. His burden was too great 
for him to bear. The lesson is sim- 
ple. We MUST lay hold of some- 
thing — someone who is substantial in 
the test. We MUST have a greater 
than Moses, Abraham, or John. We 
MUST have more than a mere "good 
man." We MUST have Christ, God- 
man, as our sinbearer — the divine 
yet human Saviour of the world, 
"The Rock that is higher than I." 

"The Lord's our Rock, in Him we 
hide, 
A Shelter in the time of storm." 

"Rock of Ages, cleft for me. 
Let me hide myself in Thee." 

"O safe to the Rock that is higher 

than I, 
My soul in its conflicts and sorrows 
would fly." 

As Israel was saved from disaster 
and dying thirst by the water which 
came from the smitten rock, so we 
find relief from sin and the satisfac- 
tion for the thirst after righteousness 
in the water and blood which flowed 
from the riven side of Christ our 
Rock. 



stay with the old Book of our fore- 
fathers who made this nation strong. 
The Gospel of Christ in that old 
Book has been the power of God 
unto salvation for millions ahead of 
us. It worked then, and it will work 
today. We do not need a new Bible; 
we need more people who will read, 
believe, and live the Bible we have 
had for centuries. 

God says: "Ye shall not add unto 
the word which I command you, 
neither shall ye diminish -aught from 
it" (Deut. 4:2). 

"For ever, O Lord, thy word is 
settled in heaven" (Psa. 119:89). 

Jesus said in Mark 13:31: "Heaven 
and earth shall pass away: but my 
words shall not pass away." 

In I Peter 1:23 God says that we 
are "born again [saved], not of cor- 
ruptible seed, but of incorruptible, 
by the word of God, which liveth 
and abideth for ever." 



A NEW CRIME WAVE 

(Continued From Page 99) 

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, 
and thou shalt be saved . . . [for] as 
many as received him, to them gave 
he power to become the sons of 
God, even to them that believe on 
his name" (Acts 16:31; John 1:12). 

You may be saved today, by sim- 
ply believing on the Son of God. 
From the Scripture that has been 
called to our attention we conclude 
that salvation is by grace through 
faith plus nothing. Having become 
a child of God through faith in 
Christ, surely you will want to live 
like a child of God and for the glory 
of God every day of your life. 

"I'll live for Him who died for me, 
How happy then my life shall be! 
I'll live for Him who died for me. 
My Saviour and my God!" 



February 14, 1953 



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NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN LAYMEN 



Jesse B. Deloe, Editor 



FELLOWSHIP DINNER AT CUYAHOGA FALLS ENJOYED BY 38 MEN AND BOYS 



By Eorie R. Cole 



The Brethren Men's Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Church, Cuyahoga 
Falls, Ohio, held a fellowship dinner 
January 9 in one of the private din- 
ing rooms of the Tower Restaurant, 
Tallmadge, Ohio. 

Thirty-eight men and boys — the 
men and boys of the church and 
their friends — participated in this 
evening of Christian fellowship. 

After a very fine full-course roast- 
beef dinner, we entered into a devo- 
tional service in which the musical 
talents of 3 of the boys and young 
men were used. Sammy Gingrich 
played a solo on his trumpet, Dennis 
Holsinger accompanied all the group 
singing, as well as his own vocal 
solo, on the electric guitar, and Don- 
ald Cole played a solo on the port- 
able organ that the men use in their 
local convalescent home services. 

We want to introduce some of our 
men in the pictures on the cover of 
this magazine. In the upper picture, 
seated from left to right: Robert 
Sunthimer, skip two [Brother Cole is 
modest; he is the one sitting next to 
Sunthimer. — Ed.], then Clair Bru- 
baker, Venard Holsinger, his son, 
Terry, and Williard Smith. Behind 
Bob Sunthimer in dark suit is James 
Hainm. In the lower picture, stand- 
ing, are Kent Carnahan (second from 
the left), Sammy Gingrich (in front 
of Rev. Russell Ward), and Paul 
Sunthimer (on the e.xtreme right). 
Seated (third from left) is Dr. Ray- 
mond Gingrich, then Rev. Richard 
Burch. 

The Sunthimer boys are the "spark 



Questions on Personal Evangelism 

Question — How do I deal with 
the one who says: "I must become 
better before I can be sailed? 

The sinner cannot make himself 
better (Jer. 2:22; 13:23; Jas. 2:10), 
therefore he is in the only condi- 
tion (a lost sinner) from which 
he can be saved by Jesus Christ 
(I Tim. 1:15; Luke 19:10; Luke 
5:31-32). 

(Quoted from personal evangelism course 
of the Washington Bible Institute) 



plugs" in our Brethren Boys Club 
activity. Kent Carnahan is the local 
fellowship president; James Hamm is 
secretary-treasurer. Clair Bruba- 
ker is pastor of the Hillwood Homes 
Chapel in south Akron, a student in 
Aki'on Bible Institute, as well as 
operator of Brubaker Greenhouse. 
"Nard" Holsinger is a talented song 
leader and vocalist. He is one of the 
Holsinger line — well-known in our 
denominational history. Williard 
Smith is president of the Northern 
Ohio District Fellowship of Breth- 
ren Men. 

Rev. Russell Ward, pastor of the 
First Brethren Church, Cleveland, 
Ohio, spoke at our evening medita- 
tion. 

Cuyahoga Falls men are interested 
in supporting our National Fellow- 



ship of Brethren Laymen's projects 
and urge you and your local men to 
do as much as the Lord prospers 
you. In recent months this local 
group has presented offerings of $25 
to each of the national projects — 
Brethren Boys Club and Brethren 
United Evangelistic Crusade fund of 
our fellowship. We are ashamed that 
we haven't done more. Brother, the 
Evangelistic Crusade needs funds 
now to do the job that will be pleas- 
ing to God. The Gospel must go to 
all men in these United States. Sign 
your name to a check made out to 
William Fisher, secretai^y-treasurer, 
and put somewhere on the check 
"for BUEC" and send it to National 
Fellowship of Brethren Laymen, 
William Fisher, secretary-treasurer, 
335 Fugate Rd., NE., Roanoke 12, Va. 



DINNERS FEATURE ACTIVITIES OF MEN AMONG OUR CHURCHES 



Dr. Alva J. McClain spoke at a 
dinner given by the men of the Fort 
Wayne church for the ladies and 
other members of the church Jan- 
uai-y 20. 

Donn Moomaw spoke to the Men's 
Fellowshio and their guests at a 
dinner held January 30 at the Sec- 
ond church. Long Beach. 

Helen W. Wood, former Commu- 
nist, was the speaker at the Men's 
Brotherhood meeting at the Long 
Beach First church January 6. 

The Men's Fellowship at Cheyenne, 
Wyo., held their January meeting 
on the 13th at the home of C. L. 
Vermillion. 

There wei'e 65 men present at the 
December meeting of the Men's Fel- 
lowship at the First church. Los 
Angeles, Ca'if. Dr. Paul Baum^n 
was the speaker. For the meeting 
on January 29 Louis Zamperini was 
the sneaker and told of his athletic 
life, his experiences in the war as a 
soldier and as a prisoner of war. 

The men of the Third Los Angeles 
church held a dinner and program 
on January 22. 

At Winchester. Va., the Men's 
Fellowship met on January 13. The 
presiding officer was Virgil Massey. 



On January 24 the men of the 
New Troy, Mich., church organized 
their fellowship. The meeting was 
the occasion for a covered-dish meal. 
We hope to have the names of the 
officers soon. 

All members joining the Bethel 
Brethren Church, Osceola, Ind., in 
1952 were invited to a banquet spon- 
sored by the Men's Fellowship on 
January 29. In December the men 
were entertained by the Leichty 
Family, musicians, and heard Bro. 
Elmer Miller, of Bethel College, 
give a testimony concerning his ex- 
periences in the aiTny in World 
War II. 

Forty-four men and boys attended 
the Father-Son Banquet held at 
Rittman, Ohio, in December. The 
ladies cooked the dinner. 

The Brotherhood of the Whittier, 
Calif., First church heard Mr. Nylan, 
of Bellflower, give a testimony and 
sing at the regular monthly meeting | 
January 13. Sam Rankin, owner of ' 
the Rankin Overhead Door Co., was 
the principal speaker. 

March 23 is the date set by the 
Northern Ohio District Fellowship of 
Brethren Men to meet at the Cuya- 
hoga Falls church. 



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NEWS 





PRAY FOR THESE SPECIAL MEETINGS 



Church 



CHURCHES 



Chico, California 

We rejoice again as we recall the 
blessings of our meetings with Bro. 
Vincent Bennett, December 8-14. 
There was an average attendance of 
64 people, 8 accepted Christ, and a 
number rededicated their lives to 
the Lord. 

In keeping with the Christmas 
season, we enjoyed a Christmas pro- 
gram directed by Mrs. Ennis Rife 
and a play produced by the young 
people December 21. 

During the last calendar year 15 
people came into church member- 
ship, 13 by baptism. This was a 34- 
percent increase in membership dur- 
ing the year. There were 24 who 
accepted Cbrist during the year. 

Also during 1952 a baptistry and 
tower system were installed, 20 
young people attended the summer 
camp, and the first young person 
from our church has gone away to 
school to prepare for the Lord's 
service. Weekly prayer meetings 
are conducted by this church in Los 
Molinos. 

The average weekly offering for 
the year was $61.43, which enabled 
us to meet our $60 weekly budget. 
The offering for the building fund 
was $300. — Ward Tressler, pastor. 

Covington, Ohio 

We are happy to report that our 
church is moving forward. The 
morning attendance January 18 was 
81. The average attendance in BYF 
is 20. On January 4 we witnessed 
3 rededications and 1 fii'st-time deci- 
sion, and January 18 there were 2 
decisions for -Christ. Bro. Ralph Col- 
bum was with us for a youth rally 
January 24. 

The interior of the church was re- 
cently cleaned and redecorated. 

The church had a surprise fare- 
well party for Byron Young on Jan- 
uary 16. He is enrolled in Moody 
Bible Institute. — James O. Young, 
pastor. 

Roanoke, Virginia (Wash. Heights) 

The spiritual blessings of God's 
mighty working here have been 
many and wonderful. Twelve per- 



Beaumont, Calif. . 
Covington, Ohio. . 
Harrah, Wash . . . . 
Waynesboro, Pa. . 
Johnstown, Pa. 

(First) 

Rittman, Ohio. . . . 
Cuyahoga Falls, 

Ohio 

Roanoke, Va. 

(Ghent) 

Whittier, Calif. 

(First) 

Wooster, Ohio .... 
Long Beach, Calif. 

(First) 

Phoenix, Ariz. . . . 



Dates Pastor Speaker 

Feb. 1-15 Gene Farrell Bob Munro. 

Feb. 1-15 James Young R. Paul Miller. 

Feb. 1-15 Jesse Hall Robert Ashman. 

Feb. 1-15 Dennis Holliday. . William Smith. 

Feb. 2-15 W. A. Ogden Michael Walsh. 

Feb. 4-15 Charles Ashman. . Ding Teuling. 

Feb. 8-15 Richard Burch Herman Hoyt. 

Feb. 8-15 Robert Miller Conard Sandy. 

Feb. 8-22 Carl Sisson Cedric Sears. 

Feb. 15 Kenneth Ashman. James Bennett. 



Feb. 22 

Feb. 24-27.. 



. . Charles Mayes. . 
, . J. C. McKilien. . 



Russell Humberd. 
Russell Humberd. 



sons publicly accepted Christ in our 
regular church services last year. 
We organized with a membership of 
16 on November 4, 1951, and we now 
have 33 members. 

We need a building with adequate 
SDace for Sunday school rooms and a 
main auditorium. We have $2,700 in 
our building fund, which exceeded 
our goal of $2,500. The district mis- 
sion board has contributed some to 
this fund. — W. Carl Miller, pastor. 

Harrah, Washington 

We have been building up our 
Sunday evening meetings by having 



BUILDINGS BURN AT BASSAI 

On January 7, the day after the 
close of the African field council 
meeting, a grass fire got out of 
control in the valley east of our 
Bassai station. It came racing up 
the hill and burned both dispen- 
sary buildings, the small medical 
storehouse, and a smaller building. 
Bro. Charles Sumey reports that 
"had God not intervened it surely 
wou^d have taken everything." 

There was a monetary loss of a 
few thousand dollars, but the med- 
ical orogram has been greatly hin- 
dered. Aluminum roofing would 
have saved this loss. The foreign 
bnorrl is suDpIving funds for 2 new 
aluminum residence roofs a year, 
but we may have other losses un- 
less we can move more rapidly. 



a different group from the church 
take part in reading the Scriptures, 
leading in prayer, and giving special 
numbers in music. 

Among the groups that have helped 
are the junior and senior Sky Pilots, 
the laymen, the Sisterhood of Mary 
and Martha, and the Women's Mis- 
sionary Council. — Mrs. Carl Pickett, 
reporter. 

Clayhole, Kentucky 

The following paragraph is from a 
letter I received from the director of 
the Christian Life Sunday School 
Contest, dated January 28, 1953: 

"Congratulations! The judges of 
the Christian Life Sunday School 
Contest have declared your Sunday 
school the fourth winner in Class D 
(99-249)." 

We were awarded 100 "Great Songs 
of the Church" and a flannelgraph 
board with easel. The most valuable 
thing to me is to know that the Clay- 
hole people tackled a big job and 
finished it in a grand way. — Sewell 
Landrum, pastor. 

Meyersdaie-Summit Mills, 
Pennsylvania 

Since October 1 an average of 139 
people have attended our evening 
services. 

At the Christmas service at Mey- 
ersdale the trimming of the tree was 
part of the program. The decora- 
tions were envelopes, previously sent 
to the members, in which they en- 
closed their offerings to the building 



February 14, 1953 



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PROGRAM— SECOND ANNUAL ALUMNI REUNION— GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY— FEBRUARY 24-27i 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1953 






Theme jor Day— "The Man of God" 

9:00-10:15 a.m. — Devotional message, Clyde G. Balyo, 
pastor. North Riverdale Brethren Church, Dayton, 
Ohio. 
10:30-11:45 a.m. — Expository message, Mark E. Malles, 
pastor. First Brethren Church, Altoona, Pa. 

1:30-2:45 p.m.— Paper, "Present-Day Need for Educa- 
tion in the Ministry," Lewis C. Hohenstein, pastor, 
Grace Brethien Church, Waterloo, Iowa. 

Open forum led by Dr. Alva J. McClain, presi- 
dent, Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 

3:00-4:00 p.m. — Alumni business. 

7:30 p.m. — Message, John G. Balyo, pastor, Bible Bap- 
tist Church, Kokomo, Ind. 

Pictures of Holy Land, William Short, student. 
Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 

Theme for Day— "The Gospel of God" 

9:00-10:15 a.m. — Devotional message, M. L. Myers, pas- 
tor, Rosemont Brethren Church, Martinsburg, W. 

Va. 
10:30-11:45 a.m. — E.xpository message, Arnold Krieg- 

baum, pastor, Grace Brethren Church, Cedar 

Rapids, Iowa. 
1:30-2:45 p.m. — Paper, "Problems of Evangelist in a 

Big City," John M. Aeby, pastor. First Brethren 

Church, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Open forum led by Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, dean, 

Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. 
3:00-4:00 p.m. — Alumni business. 
7:30 p.m^^Message, William W. Smith, evangelist, 

Washington, D. C. 

Pictures of Holy Land, John C. Whitcomb, Jr., 

assistant professor, Gi-ace Theological Seminary, 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



Theme for Day — "Pastoral Ministry" 

9:00-10:15 a.m. — Devotional message, Clyde K. Lan- 
drum, pastor. First Brethren Church, Uniontown, 
Pa. 

10:30-11:45 a.m. — Expository message, Robert E. A. Mil- 
ler, pastor, Ghent Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 

1:30-2:45 p.m. — Paper, "Building a Church in a Grow- 
ing City," Dr. William R. Rice, pastor, Inter-City 
Baptist Church, Allen Park, Mich. 

Open forum led by Dr. Homer A. Kent, regis- 
trar, Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 

3:00-4:00 p.m. — Alumni business. 

5:30 p.m. — Alumni banquet (Eskimo Inn). Toastmaster, 
Harold H. Etling, pastor. First Brethren Church, 
Akron, Ohio. 

7:30 p.m. — Pi-ophetic message on Palestine (illustrated 
by slides), Bernard N. Schneider, pastor, Grace 
Brethi-en Church, Mansfield, Ohio. 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1953 

Theme for Day — "Prophetic Ministry" 

9:00-10:15 a.m. — Devotional message. Ward A. MiUer, 
pastor. Bethel Brethren Church, Osceola, Ind. 

10:30-11:45 a.m. — Expository message, Paul L. Mohler, 
Listie Brethren Church, Listie, Pa. 

1:30-2:45 p.m. — Paper, "The Place of Prophecy in 
Preaching of Today," Dennis I. Holliday, pastor, 
First Brethren Church, Waynesboro, Pa. 

Open forum led by Dr. Paul R. Bauman, vice 
president in charge of public relations, Grace 
Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. 

7:30 p.m. — Message, Charles W. Turner, pastor, Grace 
Brethren Church, Flora, Ind. 



fund. More than $1,700 was given 
thus to this fund. 

This church recently installed a 
sink in the kitchen. 

We are planning preresurrection 
services April 1-3 at the Meyersdale 
church. A vacation Bible school is 
being planned for Summit Mills June 
1-12 and for Meyersdale June 8-19. 
The first mentioned will be held in 
the evenings, which plan proved 
successful last year. 

James Hoffmeyer, Jr., of the Mey- 
ersdale church, a student in the col- 
legiate division of Grace Seminary, 
and Carol Austin, of Cumberland, 
Md., were married during the Christ- 
mas vacation. — Leslie Moore, pastor. 



Temple City, California 

Our church had a 1-day revival 
January 4, and thus the Lord blessed 
us at the beginning of 1953. On this 
day 10 people made first-time public 
confessions of Christ and 42 made 
rededications to the Lord. On the 
following Wednesday 50 people at- 
tended the prayer meeting. 

The offering for home missions 
from this home mission church was 
$1,555.55, the largest in our history. 

On January 2 the church surprised 
the pastor and his wife with a party 
in commemoration of our 32d wed- 
ding anniversary. — Leo Polman, pas- 
tor. 



GOD'S HAND ON THE HERALD 

"Enclosed find $2 for renewal of 
my subscription for the Brethren 
Missionary Herald. The real bless- 
ing I receive from reading the Her- 
ald could not easily be put into 
words. It is as though in reading it 
one can feel God's guiding hand and 
approval on each part of the issue. 
It is a wonderful feeling to be able 
to read a Christian magazine and to 
know that it is all true, according to 
God's Word. May God bless you for 
your stand upon the Word of God 
with no reservations. (Signed) Mrs. 
Frank B. Yeigh." 



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LOVE'S STRENGTHENING 

By Dr. Robert D. Culver, Trinity Seminary, Chicago, II 



There are 2 general areas of duty for all men: man's 
duty to God and man's duty to man. Some would add a 
third: man's duty to self. 

It is interesting to observe that the Bible specifically 
enjoins that love prevail in each one of these areas. As 
to man's duty to God, Jesus said: "Thou shalt love the 
Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, 
and with all thy mind." As to man's duty to man, Jesus 
went on to say: "Thou shalt love thy neighbour." The 
portion of this section in the 22d chapter of Matthew 
that is often missed is that the measure of love for one's 
neighbor is one's love for himself, for the whole state- 
ment is: "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." So 
though the main emphasis in Jesus' statements is that 
one should love God and his neighbor also, it is clearly 
asserted that one must also love himself. "On these two 
commandments" (and by inference three), said Jesus, 
"hang all the law and the prophets." 

So then basically the thing which the Old Testament 
required and the thing which Jesus affirmed is the ne- 
cessity for love in every human relationship. This makes 
it quite to be expected that the same truth would appear 
in the writings of Paul, who frequently spoke of the 
ethical side of Christian doctrine and practice. And it 
does appear. After a chapter and a half of detaUed eth- 
ical instructions this appears in the 13th chapter of the 
Book of Romans: "Owe no man any thing, but to love 
one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled 
the law" (Rom. 13:8). Observe that the realm of duty 
treated is man's duty to man— man's treatment of "thy 
neighbour." 

Now a most interesting thing takes place. Paul puts 
love in such a supreme place that he declares it to be 
the essential ingredient of all proper human relation- 
ships! Hear what he says: "For this. Thou shalt not 
commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not 
steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness. Thou shalt not 
covet" (observe this is the whole 2d table of the Ten 
Commandments, all relating to man's duty to man) ; "and 
if there be any other commandment" (here he surveys 
all other possible duties of one man to another), "it is 
briefly comprehended in this saymg, namely. Thou shalt 
love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to 
his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law" 
(Rom. 13:9-10). 

If I understand this passage, it is true then that if one 
desires to do right by his neighbor he must love him. 
This is true of a wife toward her husband and vice versa. 
This is true of a mother toward her children and vice 



versa. This is true of a pastor and his flock and vice 
versa. Get it! "If there be any other commandment, 
it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely: Thou 
shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." 

Now since love of others is to be equal in measure and 
similar in kind to love of self, the question arises: In 
what way should one love himself? I think an illustra- 
tion will answer this question and serve to show that 
true love for one's self is a necessary thing, and also that 
love must be of a certain kind. Let us suppose that a 
young man just out of high school leaves his farm home 
to go to the distant city to get a job and make his for- 
tune. When he gets to town he must first buy food to 
eat. If he truly loves his body he will buy good food 
which will keep flesh and blood and bones in good con- 
dition. He will also crave company. If he truly loves 
himself he will seek and find the company of good men 
and women, people who will contribute to the welfare 
of his whole being. If he has no proper love of self he 
may seek other company and like the prodigal son, who 
certainly did not have a proper love for himself, waste 
his substance on "wine and harlots." He will have many 
choices to make. If he truly loves himself he will always 
choose that which, to the best of his knowledge, will 
promote the best interests of his whole person. 

This kind of love is more than affection, or passion, or 
tenderness, or many other feelings or sentiments which 
people often call love. It is all these coupled with a 
proper intellectual and rational estimate of true values. 
It includes insight into the real nature of things. 

Only God can supply this kind of love and only God 
has it perfectly. "God [and only He] is love." As men 
by new birth become partakers of the divine nature and 
then by faith embrace and use their new resources, they 
may begin to live a life ruled by love. When husband 
and wife can't get along, basically one thing is wrong — 
not enough love. When mother and children are "out of 
fix" and harsh and unkind, one thing is wrong — not 
enough love, at least not enough wisely directed love. 
iVlaybe there is not a fine enough quality in that love. So 
it is in all relations of man to man. 

"And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but 
the greatest of these is love." 



WMC will have its own missionary, supported in full by 
Brethren women, by this time next year if YOU do your 
part. Have you given your birthday offering for this 
purpose? 



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How would you like to be an editor who is "fresh out 
of news"? Your WMC editor is in such a fix. Have you 
wondered where the news for the column is? So has 
your editor. Someone suggested that the news from the 
councils should be put in the Herald fast so as to keep 
it fresh. Apparently the news about WMC over the 
country is SO fresh that it is still locked up in the indi- 
vidual councils! As this February issue goes to press 
the editor has not one line of news from ANY council. 
Your WMC editor cannot make news — she can only 
report it. 

While we are on the subject, perhaps a little glimpse 
behind the scenes as to how the WMC Herald is made 
up might be profitable to all interested in this important 
part of our national work. Unless there is a sudden 
emergency in the home of the editor, her copy for the 
subsequent month leaves her desk by the 20th of each 
month. In other words, on the 20th of January all copy 
for the February issue which you are now reading is put 
in the mail. If some news or letter or business item ar- 
rives on the 21st it will NOT be found in the February 
Herald because it arrived one day too late. Therefore, 
the news or letter or bit of information will have to wait 
until the next issue of the WMC Herald. We hope this 
helps you to understand why something you have writ- 
ten (if you only would) may not appear just as soon as 
you expect to see it. When we understand some of the 
problems incident to the printing of a magazine you 
will want to pray more for the editor. 

One thing more. Your WMC editor and the executive 
WMC board would like to know what you like in your 
Herald and what you'd like to see omitted. The week 
after the January issue came out 5 different ladies who 
are strangers to the editor wrote about the blessings 
they received from that particular issue. But perhaps 
you didn't like what was in that issue. We'd like to 
know. The WMC Herald is YOUR magazine, ladies, and 
we want it to be a blessing to you. Do you like the de- 
votional articles? How about a word from you if you 
do not like them? Are the editorials worth anything to 
you, or would that space be better used for something 
else? If so, what are your ideas? WE WANT TO 
KNOW! If the readers of the WMC Herald would write 
the editor giving their complaints, appreciation, and 
suggestions for bettering the Herald and give ideas for 
helping other councils, then the WMC executive board 
will be better able to formulate policies and plans for 
future issues of our issue of the Herald. You will co- 
operate, I know. We'll be looking for YOUR letter. 




WMC will have its own missionary, supported in full by 
Brethren women, by this time next year if YOU do your 
part. Have you given your birthday offering for this 
purpose? 



Presenting Your Newly Elected 

WMC PRESIDENT 

MRS. KENNETH ASHMAN 

It is not easy to say good-by to 
a fellow laborer in the Lord's 
vineyard. National WMC was re- 
luctant to have Mrs. Edward 
Bowman relinquish her able leadership of the Brethren 
Women's Missionary Council, though all thanked God 
for her "fellowship in the gospel" until now. But God 
in His providence always supplies the needs of His chU- 
dren so that His work will not suffer. According to His 
leading, Mrs. Kenneth Ashman, of Wooster, Ohio, is 
now our national president. 

In her early years Harriet Martin Ashman was pre- 
pared not only by formal school training but in her 
heart for her role as pastor's wife and women's leader. 
Her Christian life began for her peisonally at the age 
of 10 when she says she knows she was bom again in 
Burbank, Ohio. After high school young Harriet en- 
rolled at Ashland College, where she received her B. S. 
degree 4 years later. But all was not study during those 
years at college. A tall young man who hailed then 
from the mountains of Pennsylvania cast a very inter- 
ested eye on this attractive Ohio miss. Harriet's eye 
returned some interested glances which seemed to be all 
that was needed for the growth of a special kind of 
friendship. As a casual friendship blossomed into deep 
love, the chemistry and biology and aU the necessary 
studies to be mastered in college certainly came easier. 

A girl with less determination would have called a 
halt to studies after receiving her degree in favor of 
marriage. But Harriet was made of sterner stuff. She 
wanted an R. N. degree, which she worked toward while 
her husband-to-be pursued his theological training and 
degree. During her years at White Cross (Methodist) 
Hospital at Columbus, Ohio, Kenneth burned up many 
a gallon of gasoline to go court his girl whenever she 
had a free hour. At long last the coveted R. N. was 
Harriet's. From there she went to Akron City Hospital, 
where for 3 years she was teaching supervisor of the 
surgical ward. Since her inarriage Mrs. Ashman has 
occasionally done a little nursing in nearby hospitals. 

Two daughters have blessed this marriage: Carol Ann, 
11, and Linda Jane. 6. With her daughters and the mul- 
tiplied duties which befall most parsonage "first ladies," 
Mrs. Ashman has always had plenty to do. In her hus- 
band's various pastorates our national president has 
been active in local and district WMC and SMM. As 
she assumes the national leadership of WMC Mrs. Ash- 
man covets the prayers of her sister laborers in the Lord. 
Her favorite verse will make her leadership at once val- 
uable and Christ-centered: "Let the words of my mouth, 
and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy 
sight, O Lord, my strength, and mv redeemer" (Psa. 
19:14). 



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Mrs. Kenneth Ashman suggests you read Psalms 60 to 
90 for your extra Bible reading in the month of March. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 



FAMILY SECRET 



By Althea S. Miller 



Satan's master stroke in robbing God's own of spirit- 
ual strength and vitality is to keep them too busy for 
the quiet hour with God. He knows they are without 
power when they are not in touch with the powerhouse. 
When parents fail to build their own resources through 
quietly waiting before God they work havoc in more 
than their own personal lives. God knows that His chil- 
dren are helpless before the onslaught of Satan's attacks 
unless their souls are garrisoned with the study of His 
Word and steeped in the sweetness of prayer. That's 
why He has told us in the Scriptures to "study to be 
quiet" (I Thess. 4:11). It takes study and thoughtful, 
purposeful effort to learn the sweet fragrance of quiet- 
ness. And the reward? Supreme serenity, though all 
around be chaos; fragrance of refreshment, though ovei- 
whelmed with responsibility; the grace that lends a ben- 
ediction on all whose lives are touched. "Study to be 
quiet" individually, faithfully, and experience the exhil- 
aration of spiritual and physical strength. 

If Satan designs to keep adults and especially parents 
from the victories wrought on the knees in the quietness 
of God's presence, be assured that his work never stops 
in this respect with the children. He has veiled the eyes 
of all too many professing Christian parents to the need 
of family fellowship in prayer and Bible learning. Be- 
cause of lack of personal devotions, parents are not 
awake to this very important need in the lives of their 
children. How can your chUd be taught to pray when 
prayer is a strange and often awkward experience to 
you, the parent? How can you intelligently read and 
explain the Bible to your questioning offspring when the 
Scriptures are unknown to you? Your eyes can be 
opened to the things of God as told within the pages of 
His Book if you are born again. Time and again God 
tells His own: "I would not have you to be ignorant, 
brethren." Only the natural man, the individual still in 
his sins, cannot comprehend the wisdom of the divine. 
But you, Christian parent, have access to God's Book 
because He does not want you to be ignorant. "But the 
natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of 
God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he 
knov them, because they are spiritually discerned" (I 
Cor. 2:14). Spiritual discernment is God's gift to every 
child of His. Why don't you realize this and possess 
your possession? 

The "problem," then, if that is what you call it, of 
famUy devotions is largely a matter of the HEART. 
Hear the command of the Lord to the children of Israel 
and remember that "all of God's Word is for all of God's 
people for all of God's time." "Hear, O Israel: The Lord 
our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy 
God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with 
all thy might. And these words which I command thee 
this day, shall be in thine heart" (Deut. 6:4-6). If God's 
Word is in your heart its compelling force will mean 
your obedience. The Christian who sins by indifference 
to spiritual matters by worldly walk, by careless con- 
duct, by fruitlessness, is proving to all who know him 
that God's Word is not in his heart. 



Mrs. Kenneth Ashman suggests you read Psalms 60 to 
90 for your extra Bible reading in the month of March. 



"And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy chil- 
dren, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine 
house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when 
thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou 
shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they 
shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt 
write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy 
gates" (Deut. 6:7-9). How clearly the parents' respon- 
sibility is taught in this passage. Parents are to teach 
God's Word to their children after they have fii'st expe- 
rienced it in their own hearts. "And these words which 
I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and 
thou shalt teach them diligently [with care, faithfully; 
this implies working at the task] unto thy children." 
Notice who is to teach: "thou . . . thy children." As fine 
as Bible-teaching Sunday schools and child evangelism 
classes are, these are not to take the place of parental 
teaching at home. Yet a vast majority of Christian par- 
ents relegate the teaching of the Scriptures to such 
agencies when they should be the auxiliary which con- 
firms and builds upon what the parents have been 
taught. Formal Bible training or fine education are not 
necessary for doing a good job of teaching your children. 
God gives wisdom when we ask for it (Jas. 1:5). Oh, 
parents, when will we assume the God-given responsi- 
bility and embrace the opportunity of teaching our own 
children? 

The whole of life should be saturated with God's Word 
as taught by the parents to the chOdren from generation 
to generation. Read this passage again. How often is 
the Bible the heart of our conversation when in the 
house with our family? As we walk, be it leisurely or 
bent on business, on what subject is our conversation 
centered? At day's end do we rehash its events with a 
shudder or calmly contemplate His words? As the new 
day calls us back to the work at hand, what are our first 
thoughts? The breakfast — I'll have to hurry to get that 
bus — be sure to make that phone call this morning — 
don't forget that appointment at 10? "My words ... a 
sign upon thy hand" — for what purpose but to keep them 
in His work. "As frontlets between thine eyes" — to 
keep the gaze fixed. "On the posts of thy house" — as a 
witness to "the wayfaring men, though fools [that they] 
shall not err therein" (Isa. 35:8). First in thy heart and 
then in thy children's hearts. Dare we longer disobey? 

FamUy devotions is a matter of the HOME! — every 
member of that home. The idea, of course, is for the 
father of the home to take the headship in this matter. 
In fact, the burden of spiritual teaching is on the father 
in the home, according to the Word. "For I know him, 
that he will command [not demand] his children and 
his household after him" (Gen. 18:19). "And, ye fathers 
. . . bring them up in the nurture [nurture them in the 
chastening] and admonition of the Lord" (Eph. 6:4). 
Mothers by the score have done their utmost to urge the 
husband and father of the home to take his rightful place 
and lead out in family devotions, often to no avail. Isn't 
it strange that the "Beau Brummel" of yesterday, that 
fu-st-string basketball hero, the leading salesman of his 
division, is suddenly most unaccountably shy and bash- 
ful before his children, especially in spiritual matters? 
It is hard for me to appreciate how any red-blooded 
man, a father, can be ashamed to pray before his chil- 



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dren! If he were praying in private he certainly would 
not ti-emble to pray in the presence of his own offspring. 

Any dad who refuses to read the Bible to his children 
on the grounds that he is not a good reader and not too 
well educated is not worthy to be called father. Famil- 
iarity with the Scriptures will increase one's reading 
ability. You'll never become either a fair or good reader 
if you close the Book. For shame, Christian father, if by 
flimsy excuse you have robbed your children of their 
rightful heritage — a praying and Bible-believing and 
reading dad. Find a time every day, take it from some- 
thing less important if necessary (nothing is so impor- 
tant as your children's spiritual welfare), set a time if 
possible for family devotions. If you can't set the time 
then TAKE it at some time each day. Gather your 
family around you for Bible reading and prayer. Set the 
children to reading just as soon as they can recognize 
the simple words. Let each one in the group read at 
least one verse around. Then pray — from the lisping 
baby to stalwart dad who takes his rightful leadership. 

The family devotional time is the only HOPE on the 
world's ever-darkening horizon. Christ-centered fam- 
ily fellowship is the hope and strength for overcoming 
those temptations to sin which are peculiar to every age. 
Your small children face temptations; those hard-to- 
understand teen-agers fight them on every hand; you, 
parent, have temptations peculiar to middle age as well 
as old age. They tell us that "the family which prays 
together stays together." How right they are if those 
prayers and lives are in CHRIST. The Christ-honoring 
home is invulnerable. Satan knows this and will not 
cease to deter you from your course. But "he giveth 
more grace." When Nehemiah returned to rebuild the 
walls of Jerusalem Satan had his helpers on hand to 
thwart the work. In his diary he records as follows: 
"Nevertheless we made our prayer unto God, and set a 
watch against them [the enemy] day and night" (Neh. 
4;9). This, then, is your family secret. Pray faithfully 
to God for time and wisdom to teach your children, then 
set a watch that Satan cannot rob you of that fellowship. 

"Faith without works is dead" (Jas. 2:20). 



Give to Grace Seminary, December, January, February. 



WMC will have its own missionary, supported in full by 
Brethren women, by this time next year if YOU do your 
part. Have you given your birthday offering for this 
purpose? 




THERE 



IS 



NO 



NEWS 




Local WMC's over the country are busy filling MIS- 
SIONARY HOPE CHESTS about this time of the year. 
Many ladies do not know what would be appropriate to 
put in this chest for the missionary ladies who visit us 
from time to time. Since our missionaries are people 
just like you and me they can use the same items for 
living as we, even though they may be in less civilized 
countries. Sheets, pillow slips, turkish towels, tea tow- 
els, wash cloths, thread, adhesive tape, needles, pins, 
table cloths, material for dresses in 4-yard lengths, 
hosiery, aprons, smocks, slips — anything and everything 
you ever saved in your hope chest or which you can use 
at home. Remember that our missionaries cannot run 
to a department store as soon as some item of linen or 
clothing wears out. They have to take supplies for sev- 
eral years. I have a feeling they'd enjoy a box of birth- 
day or general greeting cards, a box or two of stationery, 
bias binding, tape binding, etc. You fill in the rest and 
let's make our lady missionaries happy. 

Wonderful news from Mrs. Chester McCall, national 
financial secretary-treasurer: "Praise the Lord from 
whom all blessings flow. Home missions offering is 
$2,387.80. . . . Thank the ladies through the Herald for 
their wonderful giving. I know the Lord will bless each 
one for her part. . . . Also remind them of the need for 
a real offering for Grace Seminary." 

The month of February is the last month of our giving 
for this year to Grace Seminary. Have you done your 
best?— Ed. 



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Africa — • 

Miss Edith Geske April 9 

Mrs. Robert Williams April 15 

Argentina — 

Rev. Solon Hoyt April 2 

Robert Luis Dowdy April 26, 1948 

Brazil — 
Rev. J. Keith Altig April 9 

In the U. S. A.— 

Miss Janice Altig April 9 

Miss Marguerite Taber April 11 

David George Goodman April 21, 1947 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 



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JAMES CHALMERS (martyr of new guinea) 



By Mary Emmert 



James Chalmers, a Scotsman like so many of our great 
missionaries, seemed to be a Livingstone, a Carey, and 
a Judson all combined. He always chose the most dan- 
gerous places he could find, risking his life a thousand 
times, and finally dying at the hands of the cannibals he 
had gone to serve. 

As a young man James was a good athlete and a very 
popular student, as he was very active and always fond 
of a good time. After being soundly converted, he gave 
himself to be a missionary. 

After several years of preparation, James and his wife 
were sent out to the South Sea Islands in 1866. In their 
7-months trip they were in 2 shipwrecks before reaching 
their destination, and had lost all their goods. So they 
were glad to settle down on an established mission sta- 
tion in the New Hebrides. There they served faithfully 
for 10 years. 

But James Chalmers longed to get among real heathen 
where the Gospel had never been preached. He trained 
many of the native Christians there to go and evangelize 
the new field with him. The place they had chosen was 
New Guinea, which is the largest island in the world, 
being 3 times as large as Great Britain. 

The people of New Guinea were cannibals always 
fighting and devouring those of other villages. They 
wore necklaces of human bones and decorated their 
houses with skulls. They were proud of their tattoo 
marks because that showed they had murdered someone. 

Chalmers' life was in great danger as he went every- 
where exploring the country and making friends with 
the fierce tribesmen. He carried on trade with them 
by means of hoop-iron and tomahawks, as they had been 
living in the stone age up to that time. 

Again and again the savages tried to murder the whole 
missionary party, but as one chief explained on one 

SUGGESTED PROGRAM FOR MARCH 

SINGSPIRATION. 

INTERCESSION— Using prayer suggestions. 

SCRIPTURE— Psalms 119:97-112. 

TRAINING FOR AMBASSADORS— 
Juniors — "Tessie's Teacher." 
Middlers— "Tessie's Teacher." 
Seniors — "Seventh Day Adventism." 

SPECIAL NUMBER. 

REPORT ON AMBASSADORS— 

Juniors — "James Chalmers, Martyr of New Guinea." 
Middlers — "James Chalmers, Martyr of New Guinea." 
Seniors — "James Chalmers, Martyr of New Guinea." 

BENEDICTION. 

BUSINESS MEETING. 



occasion, they were held back by some mysterious 
power as they were about to step over the low fence 
around Chalmers' house. In spite of the danger, Mrs. 
Chalmers showed great bravery in staying alone for 
weeks at a time as he went on exploring trips. 

James went into the most warlike villages unafraid. 
There was something in his appearance and voice that 
made the people tremble and obey. He ordered them 
to give up cannibalism and fighting, and they did. In 5 
years time there were great changes for the better. 

He preached the Gospel to them, taught them to sing, 
and established schools. But he said that a missionary's 
life also consisted of living Christ before them, whUe 
one was engaged in building, traveling, and playing. 

"We go as man to man to try to live the Gospel," he 
said, and he always insisted that a missionary should be 
a real man or woman, not the "namby-pamby sort," as 
he expressed it. 

The climate was very bad in New Guinea. Many of 
his native teachers died. Later his wife also passed 
away. Her last message to him, however, was not to 
abandon the native teachers. So he did not go home to 
England on furlough until 20 years had passed. 

He married again, but lost his second wife after some 
years, due to the terrible fevers on New Guinea. He, 
himself, although often stricken with fever, seemed 
strong in spite of all his hardships. He was destined 
for another sort of death. 

In 1901 James Chalmers and a new missionary named 
Tomkins went to explore an inlet where they had never 
been before. They were set upon and killed upon reach- 
ing shore, and consumed by the cannibals. So at the 
age of 60 this hero had finished his course. Doubtless, 
if he had been given his choice he would have chosen to 
leave life thus in the midst of action. 

The warriors' strongholds and some of their war 
canoes were destroyed by the governor in punishment 
for their crime, so that they would never dare to attack 
another missionary. 



MEMORIZATION FOR 1952-53 

The challenge this year, as a personal project, is the 
learning of I Peter. The award is an SMM sweater, or 
$7.50 toward Camp Bethany, or $7.50 worth of supplies 
from the Brethren Missionary Herald Company. 

Those already learning the book are Pat Grifiith, our 
national president, and Barbara Savering, of the SMM 
at Mundy's Corner, Pa. 

If you learn I Peter, fill in the blank found in the 
December 13 WMC Herald, and send it to the general 
secretary by June 30 (deadline). 



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TESSIE'S TEACHER 



By Mabel Donaldson 



The children in the junior class were reading the 
Scripture for their lesson aloud. Tessie read Acts 2:1-4. 
It said, "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, 
they were all with one accord in one place. And sud- 
denly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing 
mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were 
sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues 
like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they 
were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak 
with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." 
Jack read John 20:22. It said, "And when he had said 
this, he breathed on them, and said unto them, Receive 
ye the Holy Ghost." 

"Now," said Mrs. Nixon, the teacher, "each of you 
tell what you think the Holy Spirit is like. You have 
read verses from God's Word. Do they help you?" 

The children began to say that the Holy Spirit was 
like breath, like wind, like a great power come from 
God. None of them even thought of Him as a person. 
Of course, Mrs. Nixon knew that this was evidence of 
the working of Satan in the minds of these young chil- 
dren, for she was convinced that the Devil did not want 
anyone to think of the Holy Spirit as being a pei'son 
equal with and as important as the Lord Jesus Christ. 
She hastily prayed: "Oh Father, help me today to make 
it clear to the minds of these dear children that the Third 
Person of the Trinity is a real being and they should 
appreciate Him and learn to love Him and respect His 
leading in their lives." 

"Well, folks, you have given answers which show how 
the Spirit appears sometimes, and how He chooses to 
work, but did you know that the Holy Spirit is a per- 
son? We must speak of the Spirit as 'He' and not 'it.' 
Revelation 2:7 says He speaks. "He that hath an ear, 
let him hear what the Sph-it saith unto the churches." 

Tessie said: "I can remember in Matthew 10:20 it says: 
'For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father 
which speaketh in you.' " 

"Well," said Jack, "then the Spirit must be a person. 
Only people can speak. Animals make a noise, but only 
humans created by God form sentences and carry on 
conversations. Thanks, Mrs. Nixon. Now I know the 
Spirit is a person and not just wind." 

"Children, in Acts 13:2 the Spirit is calling out mis- 
sionaries. We should be thankful for the person who 
called folk to go preach the Gospel. If they had not 
been called, and if they had not been wUling to trust 
their lives to the One who called them, perhaps we 
would not have had the privilege of hearing about Jesus 
and the opportunity of accepting Him as our personal 
Saviour. In Acts 16:6-7 He is overseeing the church and 
instructing the missionaries where to go and where not 
to go. Do you think a breath could do this?" 



PRAYER SUGGESTIONS 

1. Pray for the great needs of foreign missions. 

2. Pray that the service of SMM girls will bring 
honor and glory to our Lord; that souls will be saved. 

3. Pray for national, district, and local officers that 
they might have God's guidance in all things. 



"Oh no," said Tom. "Only a person could direct 
others. My pets do not tell me what to do. I tell them. 
Just people give me orders and expect me to listen. So 
the Spirit must be a person." 

"Let's turn to Acts 20:28 and read more about the 
Spirit," said the teacher. 

So they read together: "Take heed thei-efore unto 
yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy 
Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of 
God, which he hath purchased with his own blood." 

"Now," said Mrs. Nixon, "do you suppose Jesus would 
have died on the cross to buy the souls of men and form 
the church and then turn around and ask the wind, or 
breath, or some power to take care of His precious pur- 
chase? I should say not! You see, boys and girls, we 
are living in the Age of the Spirit. The Old Testament 
period is often called the Age of the Father; the period 
covered by the Gospels, the Age of the Son; from Pente- 
cost until the second coming of Christ, the Age of the 
Spirit. Jesus bought us, but did not go off and leave us. 
He told the disciples that another Comforter would 
come. A comforter is one who comforts, leads, and 
guides people who need him. So Jesus has placed the 
Spirit in the world today to live in the hearts of all who 
have accepted Christ, as a Comforter. He is the One 
who tells you to take your hand out of the cookie jar. 
should it get in at the wrong time. The Spirit is the 
One who causes you to tui'n in things you find because 
you know they are not your very own. The Spirit is 
the One who helps you to pray and gives you peace in 
your heart when you go to sleep at night in a dark room 
away from everyone and everything. Surely only a 
person can do this. Not only that. He can be grieved. 
You can't make an animal, a flower, a tree, a toy sad. 
Ephesians 4:30 says: 'And grieve not the holy Spirit of 
God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.' 
He can be insulted, too. We read in Hebrews 10:29: 'Of 
how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be 
thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son 
of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, 
wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath 
done despite unto the Spirit of grace?' In Acts 5:3 we 
are told He can be lied to. I do hope you all know, by 
now, that the Spirit of God is a person and that you will 
try daily to please Him and not speak of Him as 'it.' 
Let us be fair. Let us call Him by His right names and 
be thankful that Jesus sent Him to help us." 

As the missionary circle met later in the week, you 
could hear the mothers of these children thanking Mrs. 
Nixon for making the Holy Spirit so clear to their little 
ones. They truly appreciated her interest in their boys 
and girls and her desire that these children should not 
only know the Lord, but be conscious of the presence of 
the Holy Spirit in their lives. They were proud that 
their children had such a wonderful teacher. 



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FIND OUT 

Things the Spirit does. 

Things the Spirit feels. 

Things the Spirit works through. 

One verse to prove He is a person. 



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SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISM 



By Dr. Homer A. Kent 



We take up now a cult that is truly on the march. It 
has a vigorous program. It knows what it believes and 
does not hesitate to proclaim it. Seventh-Day Ad- 
ventism has in its several branches over 230,000 mem- 
bers. It appeals to many because of its emphasis upon 
prophecy, to others because of its mixture of law and 
grace, and to still others because of its zeal in forwarding 
its program. 

I. Its Names. The most prominent name applied to 
this movement is SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISM. This 
name suggests their 2 outstanding beliefs: (1) the Sab- 
bath as the day of worship and (2) the advent of Christ. 
This title is often shortened, its advocates being simply 
called ADVENTISTS. More so formerly than at pres- 
ent, the group was called the MILLERITE MOVEMENT 
in recognition of its founder, William Miller. The latest 
Yearbook of American Churches will give the reader 
the names of the various Adventist bodies along with 
location of headquarters and numerical status. 

II. Origin. Seventh-Day Adventism arose out of a 
"predicament," as Dr. W. E. Biederwolf calls it. William 
Miller had made certain predictions concerning the com- 
ing of the Lord in 1843. He later changed the time to 
1844. He did not come on either date, so Miller admitted 
his error and would have dropped the matter, but Mrs. 
Ellen G. White claimed to have had visions in which she 
learned Miller was not wrong after all, and devised a 
system which made Chi-ist come in 1844, not to the 
earth but to the "heavenly sanctuary." This is where 
Christ is now. Much of Seventh-Day Adventism is built 
around this idea and the further revelation of the im- 
portance of Sabbath worship. 

III. History of the Movement. Adventism is based 
mainly on the Bible and the writings of Ellen G. White, 
for which inspiration is claimed. The movement has 



AWARD WINNERS AT HARRISBURG 




The four girls pictured above are (left to right): Nancy 
Weber, Janice Weber, Janice Grubb, and Janet Weber. 
They are all members of the SMM of the Harrisburg. Pa., 
church. The girls are wearing sweaters awarded to 
them for memorizing the Book of Philippians last year. 



grown moderately fast since its origin, with an acceler- 
ated growth in recent years. It has world-wide mter- 
ests seeking to establish itself everywhere. It has nu- 
merous schools, sanitariums, and publishing plants which 
are devoted to its enlarging ministry. It gives especial 
attention to the care of the body. Ofttimes Adventists 
do not reveal their identity by calling themselves Sev- 
enth-Day Adventists as, for instance, in their nation- 
wide "Voice of Prophecy" radio broadcast. Thus many 
are attracted by the cult before they know what it is. 
Let it be said that it is at present a very aggressive 
movement. 

IV. Docfri7ial Viewpoint. First, what elements of 
truth are to be found in Adventism? It claims to believe 
(1) the Bible as the Word of God, (2) in the deity of 
Christ and in Him as Saviour (but interprets the latter 
wrongly), (3) in the second coming of Christ (but with 
different ideas from the orthodox view), (4) in the res- 
urrection of the just and the unjust, (5) in Satan (but 
with wrong ideas in relation to sin-bearing), (6) in sep- 
arated living, and (7) in taking seriously the great com- 
mission of our Lord. Other elements of truth might be 
mentioned, but with the mention of these it will be seen 
that the movement may easily be deceptive. This fact 
was largely responsible for Dr. L. S. Bauman, in his 
tract, "Beware of the Wolf," speaking of Seventh-Day 
Adventism as "one of the most dangerous wolves that 
ever sauntered forth in sheep's clothing." 

Now, secondly, what in the way of error is to be found 
in this cult? (1) It is given to date-setting (indicated 
in the dates 1843 and 1844 given above). (2) It teaches 
that Chi-ist entered the heavenly sanctuary in 1844 to 
make an investigation of the sins of His people, with the 
purpose of completing His atonement for them (cf. Dan. 
8:14 with Heb. 8:1-2). (3) It teaches that Satan is made 
the scapegoat to bear away the sins of God's people. 
They get this from a totally unwarranted intei-pretation 
of Leviticus 16:8. It is a repudiation of the finished work 
of Christ. (4) It teaches that the souls of the dead are 
sleeping in the grave. It should be noted that the soul- 
sleeping texts used by the Adventists always refer to 
the body, never to the spirit. (5) It affirms that the 
wicked are annihilated. It is difficult to see their view- 
point in face of such passages as John 3:36, Matthew 
25:46, Revelation 22:11, and Mark 9:44. (6) It holds that 
the 7th day of the week must be kept by the faithful in- 
stead of the 1st day. Mrs. White was confirmed in this 
belief by a vision which she is said to have had. The 
Adventists are inconsistent, however, in that while they 
attempt to keep this part of the law, they do not attempt 
to keep all of it. (7) It is a system of legalism. It mixes 
law and grace. They hold that the law of Moses was 
never abrogated. 

V. Conception of Christ. Much that Adventism says 
about Christ is true. He is held to be deity. He is pre- 
sented as the central figure in Scripture. He is coming 
again. He is set forth as Saviour through the shedding 
of His blood at Calvary. However, it definitely sets 
aside His finished work at the cross by saying that Satan, 
symbolized by the scapegoat of Leviticus 16, will ulti- 
mately bear away all the sins of the penitent. Mrs. 
White clearly presents this shocking matter in her book, 
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The Bible teaches that Christ, and He alone, is man's 
sin-bearer (I Pet. 2:24, etc.). 

VI. Refutation of Errors. Space forbids the writer 
to go into detaU in this matter. He would like to sug- 
gest that those who are especially interested in this 
phase of the subject procure one or both of two booklets 
which are obtainable at the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Company: "Why You Should Not Be a Seventh-Day 
Adventist" (40 Bible-supported reasons), by E. B. Jones, 
who at one time was a Seventh-Day Adventist foreign 
missionary and publishing house manager; and "Sev- 
enth-Day Adventism, the Result of a Predicament," by 
W. E. Biederwolf. A good book against Seventh-Day 
Adventism which has recently been republished is "Sev- 
enth-Day Adventism Renounced," by D. M. Canright, 
who had been in the system for 28 years. 




THE SERPENT 

CURSED ABOVE ALL 
By Marybeth Munn 

"E-e-e-e-k!" A small black-and-green lizard slith- 
ered under the trunk in the storehouse that we were 
cleaning. At my startled shriek, little Job came running 
to rescue me from the monster that was after me. Dis- 
gust registered on his shiny face when I confessed that it 
was only a lizard. He was out burning 
more rubbish when a fat gray mouse 
scampered between my feet, then behind 
the stack of boxes in the corner. Again 
I heard myself squeal, though I'm not 
afraid of mice in the least. This time 
Job only called in to see what it was, 
and he patiently advised me just to kill 
it. So I resolved to be braver about 
harmless creatures. 

Boxes or sacks of this and that were ^'^^ ^ """ 
stacked in every nook and cranny and we were classify- 
ing each systematically, tossing much into the category 
of junk. Then I picked up a long narrow paper sack, 
which felt like nails. As I peered down into it I saw a 
wad of rope or something on top of the naUs. I began 
to reach in to remove the rope when for some reason I 
decided just to shake it out. Just then I saw the rope 
coU — calmly I laid the whole thing on the floor but I 
forgot my resolution not to scream as I yelled to Job, 
"Come kill a snake." He grabbed a stick, danced gin- 
gerly about in case it came after him, then he beat it to 
death. 

As we removed it from the sack we discovered it was 
the most poisonous of all our snakes. Most of its victims 
die a horrible death if they don't receive serum immedi- 
ately. All Job could say was, "Truly God held your 
hand from reaching into that sack." It is wonderful for 
us to know, too, that our Lord keeps us and holds back 
our hand from the evil one when in our haste and 
thoughtlessness we would reach into some wicked snare 
that Satan has set for us. 



Introducing Your Officers — 

EVELYN VNASDALE 

Bandage Secretary ii* ^ 

Local Project Suggestion — 
from Marybeth Munn: Bed 
jackets for leper patients con- 
fined to bed are needed in Af- 
rica. They can be made easOy 
from old shirts. Directions: - 

Remove collar and sleeves. Bind around the sleeve 
holes and neck edge. They button down the back, 
so change the pocket to front of the jacket. Send 
completed jackets to the bandage secretary. 




OFFICIAL REPORT 

SPRING CABINET MEETING: Had your spring cab- 
inet meeting yet? Don't forget it, for this is the time to 
check up on your goals so that your SMM will be an 
honor society. 

APRIL: Keep in mind that next month is SMM birth- 
day month. 

BIRTHDAY PROJECT: During the month of April 
the offering which is taken is given for the higher edu- 
cation of missionaries' children. For many years we 
have had this as our project, and each year a certain 
amount is given to each missionary's chUd that is in col- 
lege. Those that received a gift this year were Janice 
Altig, Marguerite Taber, and Kenneth Sheldon. We 
have set $400 as our goal for this project this year. Let's 
all do our best to reach it! 

BIBLE READING: Remember! Bible reading is a 
starred Mary goal. The reading which is required for 
juniors and middlers is Acts and for the seniors it is Acts 
and 6 of 12 minor prophets. 

READING BOOKS: Some of the unstarred Mary goals 
are to read a missionary book, a Christian fiction book, 
and a devotional book. Books of these types can be or- 
dered from the Brethren Missionary Herald Company. 

Memorization: Girls, have you been learning your 
verses? If you want to receive an emerald or diamond 
award, the juniors and middlers must learn 6 and the 
seniors 12 of the verses that were listed. Better get 
after it right away! 

PROJECT BOOKS: The supply of project books has 
been replenished now. You can get them from the liter- 
ature secretary. 



SMM NEWS 

The gu-ls at CLEVELAND, OHIO, hold their monthly 
meeting on a Sunday afternoon. Because of the distance 
of their homes they make a lunch and eat at the church 
after the morning services and then have their SMM 
meeting. Saturdays are their SMM workdays. 

Penny partners of the girls in CLAY CITY, IND., are 
kept busy as they help with the national SMM project. 

The girls of HARRAH, WASH., SMM made a nice 
contact with girls in the local hospitals by making yarn 
dogs for them to use on their beds. Each girl wrote a 
testimonial letter and explained the local SMM and sent 
them with their little doggies. 



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A GREAT iE'N DIES 

Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the first president of Israel, and 
one of the chief planners of the Jewish State, died at his 
home in Rehovoth November 9 — just 3 weeks before cel- 
ebrating his 78th birthday. 

This great man was not only a fine statesman but also 
a scientific genius. 

He was largely responsible for the Balfour Declara- 
tion. Out of this grew the present Jewish State. At a^ 
very critical time in the history of Great Britain, Dr. 
Weizmann solved the TNT problem and helped to win a 
war. So great was this service that David Lloyd George 
gave him special honor. 

Possessed with a burning desire to see his people back 
in Palestine under their own flag, he was one of very few 
men who have lived to see such a far-reaching aspiration 
realized. 

With the passing of Dr. Weizmann the Jews have in- 
deed lost a world champion. 

This brilliant Jew is not the only one who has blessed 
humanity with various and helpful scientific discoveries. 
Many others have followed in his train and in all walks 
of life. Due recognition should be given to each one. 

ANTI-SEMITISM SWEEPING WORLD 

Recently newspapers and magazines have carried ex- 
tensive articles on the new Russian purge of Jews. It 
follows about the same pattern as that of Hitler a decade 
ago. It is also another fulfillment of God's prophecies of 
judgments upon the Jews because of their rejection of 
their Messiah. 

Anti-Jewish feeling is definitely on the increase in our 
own nation. The only force that can effectively stop 
rabid anti-Semitism is the clear teaching of God's Word 
on the subject. 

Christians are not only failing in their personal testi- 
mony to the Jew, but are failing to inform others of the 
Jew's place in God's plan. 

AMERICA'S GAUDY WINTER PLAYGROUND 

Most American cities change their complexion after 
dark. Evildoers love the darkness because their deeds 
are evU. Thus Miami changes her complexion after dark 
and becomes one of the most alluring combinations of 
entertainment, sin, gambling, and lust to be found any- 
where within our coasts. 

Perhaps on the credit side of the ledger for Miami it 
should be said that American dollars by the millions 
become available to her practitioners especially through- 
out the winter months. Business of all sorts is quick to 
sense this fact and "makes hay while the sun shines." 

It is natural that big-time gamblers, bawdy-house 
matrons, criminals of all sorts, and many conventions 
should gravitate toward this colorful and exciting city. 
This is exactly what happens. 



Even though heavy fines and some jaU sentences have 
been assessed upon bookmakers and gamblers, they still 
operate with much profit and an almost satisfactory de- 
gree of freedom. Uncounted thousands of dollars cross 
the windows at Hialeah race track and occasionally races 
are "fixed." Crap games, cards, roulette, etc., all claim 
their share of the gambler's money. 

It is said that a young man by the name of Wingy 
awoke one morning in his hotel room with a 3-weeks 
unpaid bill to consider and 30 cents in his pocket. He 
went to the lobby, bought a Miami Herald, and studied 
the entries at Hialeah. Dropping his remaining quarter 
in a slot machine he received $18. He managed a free 
ride to Hialeah and, after playing 7 events, left the track 
with $30,000 in his pocket. That night in a card game 
he won another $10,000. Actually this story has become 
a legend in Miami. 

One would not expect the terrific dollar potential of 
this city to be overlooked by ungodly, defiled women. 
They are found from the beaches to the shadiest houses 
in town. Frequent robbery and often murder go along 
with this Satanic game. 

The Kefauver Committee definitely put a crimp in the 
style of Miami's gamblers and houses of sin. Many of 
the "joints" closed under the scrutinizing gaze of these 
men and some big-time racketeers temporarily moved 
out of Miami. In addition to this, the Miami citizenry is 
to be commended for having their own crime commis- 
sion which digs up evidence on current ill deeds and 
airs this evidence on the radio or through the local 
newspapers. 

Miami is just one more example of what you find in 
general in every large American city, an intense con- 
centration of all "civilized" types of sin. 

Crime commissions and committees wUl never stop 
the march of this Satanic giant, sin! There wiU simply 
be periodic lulls in its intensity. 

When Paul said that the Gospel is the dynamite of 
God he prescribed the only real remedy for sin. Piti- 
fully few fundamental testimonies merely scratch the 
surface of Miami's sea of humanity. It is more of these 
testimonies that are needed to meet the tide of iniquity. 

NO BRETHREN CHURCHES IN FLORIDA 

There are no Brethien churches in Florida! 

Of course this is a tragic fact, especially in view of the 
fact that so many of our people travel to this mecca for 
tourists each winter and could help us in a testimony, at 
least part of the time. 

We would welcome an opportunity to establish a 
Brethren testimony in one of Florida's populated centers 
because we believe that God has given us the message 
which will meet man's spiritual need. 

Pray that the Lord wUl help us to establish a spear- 
head for Christ and our National Fellowship somewhere 
down south. 



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ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR BRETHREN MINUTE-MEN 



This page is to alert every Brethren Minute-Man that 
a letter is coming your way soon to give you another 
opportunity to share in the Lord's blessings on a new 
mission church. This time the help is needed at Findlay, 
Ohio. 

Study the accompanying pictures and then pray for 
this new church. Notice the fine group of people stand- 
ing by an old condemned school building where they are 
meeting at the present time. Do you not think they look 
worthy of a meeting place of their own? Doesn't a 
group like this gathered for a regular Sunday morning 
service indicate a growing work? 

Nine accepted Christ in the last 3 months. Isn't that 
reason enough for the smile on the pastor's face as 
shown in the picture with his family? 

Rev. Forest F. Lance, a J. C. Penney store clerk, waits 
on a customer. For more than 6 months Brother Lance 
worked in this store to help support his family. How- 
ever, just now with the help of the district, church, and 
Home Missions Council, he is giving his full time to the 
most important job — being a pastor. 

A full-time pastor! A growing congregation! Lots 
for a church near a new modern school building! Yet, 
there is still something needed and it is a church build- 
ing on the vacant lots. This is where your Minute-Man 
gifts are needed to get this building started at once. 
Before you make a decision on what you will do with 
this letter when it arrives, please do this. First, look 
into this very issue for the pictures of the Navaho mis- 
sion work and a picture of the new church in Denver, 
Colo. You had a part in both of these as Minute-Men 
and certainly you will share in the rewards. Secondly, 
think about the full-time pastor on the field in Seattle, 
Wash., the pastor in York, Pa., who will soon be giving 
his full time to that work, and the blessings of the Lord 
on the Johnson City, Tenn., church. These are 3 more 
churches in which you had a part. 

Now don't you think you would like to add another 
church to this fine group? You can do it by just return- 
ing a gift in your Minute-Man envelope. If you have 
never shared in the blessings with the Minute-Men, 
wouldn't you like to join them? 






THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as second class matter April 16. 1943, at the post office at Winona Lake, Ind., under 
the act of March 3, 1879. Issued weeltly by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake. Ind. Subscription price. $2.00 a year; 100- 
percent churches, $1.50; foreign, $3.00. Board of Directors: Arnold Kriegbaum, President; Robert D. Crees. Vice President; Walter A. Lepp, 
Secretary; Ord Gehman, Treasurer; Bryson C. Fetters. Member at Large to Executive Committee: Herman A. Hoyt, S. W. Link, Mark Malles, 
Robert E. A. Miller, William H. Schaffer, Clyde Balyo. 



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BRETHREN NAVAHO MISSION, N. MEX. (Evan 
Adams, inissionary) — 

We have had several Navahos accept the Lord re- 
cently. One woman came Wednesday night to prayer 
meeting and accepted the Lord. On Friday night she 
was again in our meeting and spontaneously gave a tes- 
timony without such a thing being suggested. Her 
testimony was: "I have wanted to be a Christian for a 
long time but I was afraid of what the people would call 
me and say about me. I know that it is the only good 
life. Another reason I hesitated for so long was because 
I don't speak English and I thought you had to speak it 
to be a Christian. Finally I told myself that I wanted to 
be a Christian for myself and not for other people, so it 
didn't matter what they thought or said about me." 

This woman has already willingly joined in prayer at 
our prayer times during the services. You do not have 
to teach a Navaho to pray when he is saved. They are 
not spoiled by the sophistication of the white man, which 
inhibits any audible participation. 

PORTLAND, OREG. (Vernon Harris, pastor)— 

On January 18 we held a baptismal service for 11 peo- 
ple, using our own baptistry. Even though the upper 
auditorium is still unfinished, it was a thrilling sight to 
see 63 people seated in it for this service. Six of those 
baptized were adults and 5 were children. Four have 
already joined the membership of the church and others 
are planning to do so. Another service is being planned 
to baptize some who could not be present for this one. 

The main auditorium is nearly all lathed and ready 
for plastering. The men of the church have been work- 
ing on it in the past few weeks and we are hoping to see 
it plastered very soon. 

CHICO, CALIF. (J. Ward Tressler, pastor)— 

Thank you for the use of the film, "The Forgotten 
Navaho." There were 80 people present to enjoy the 
picture January 18 when we had it at our church. A day 
or two after the film was shown, the city manager called 
and asked if we still had the film. He said there was so 
little known about the Navaho and he would like to have 
it to show at the Rotary Club. We told him to give us a 
definite date and we could try to arrange for him to 
have it. We praise the Lord for this opportunity of 
using the film for an additional testimony in Chico. 

TEMPLE CITY, CALIF. (Leo Pohnan, pastor)— 

The enclosed check for Sl.555.55, our Thanksgiving 
home mission offering, ought to bring some rejoicing in 
your office as it did here in Temple City. The Lord cer- 
tainly has been blessing here. Last Sunday we had a 
real revival all in 1 day — 10 fii'st-time confessions and 

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A. To show the Body of Christ in its position and 
walk. 

B. "To set forth the ground, the course, the aim. and 
end of the Church of the Faithful in Christ" (Alford). 

II. Key Words. 

A. Unity — Says Dr. Marcus Dods: "Unity is the key 
to this epistle: the unity of the church with God, the 
unity of the two great sections of the Christian church, 
the unity of the members of the church catholic." 

B. Heavenly places (1:3, 20; 2:6; 3:10; 6:12). 

C. Grace (1:2, 6, 7; 2:5, 7, 8; 3:2, 8; 4:7, 29; 6:24). 

D. Riches. 

1. Riches of grace (1:7; 2:7). 

2. Riches of glory (1:18; 3:16). 

3. Riches of Christ (3:8). 

E. Mystery (1:9; 3:3, 4, 9; 6:19). 

III. Key verses. 

A. 1:10— Unity. 

B. Verses on mystery as above. 

C. 4:1 — concerning our walk. 

IV. Key outline. 

A. Doctrinal (1-3). 

1. Conception — Redemption. 

2. Construction — Reconciliation. 

3. Constituents — Revelation — Consummation. 

B. Practical (4-6). 

4. Walk. 

5. Worship. 

6. Warfare. 

V. Key thought for the day. 

A. The church of God is eternal. 

1. It was conceived in eternity in the mind of God. 

2. It is being constructed in the present by the power 
of God. 

3. Its consummation in the future will be to fulfill 
the purposes of God. 

B. The church is to make a great confession in time 
concerning God. 

1. Concerning the mind of God. 

2. Concerning the purpose of God. 

3. Concerning the will of God. 

C. We are to walk not only according to the eternal 
plan, not only appropriating the eternal power, but ap- 
proaching the eternal purpose. 

D. The measure of the power of the church to help 
this world is the measure of her other-worldliness. 



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BRETHREN BOYS AND GIRLS 



Playing, praying, eating, and learning certainly de- 
scribes much of the daily program of our 29 boys and 
girls on the Navaho mission compound. 

Discipline, regular hours, a carefully kept schedule, 
good food, spiritual teaching, and the indwelling Christ 
have all served to make this a new world for these bud- 



SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST 

We would like to insert here a special prayer re- 
quest for Miss Angle Garber, teacher in the Navaho 
mission school. Miss Garber has been doing a fine 
job in the Navaho mission work and desires to con- 
tinue, but her physician says she will have to return 
to a lower altitude for a period of rest. Please pray 
for her. 



ding children. Once so shy that they could not be ap- 
proached, now they welcome social contacts and can 
have just as much fun in as short a time as any white 
boy. 

For the second year our Navaho mission school has 
carried a full program which could be increased many 
times over if the facilities were available. Many Navaho 
parents would like to have their children in our school, 
but the Government places definite limitations on the 
number we can accommodate in our quarters. 

If you have helped send the Gospel to this American 
island of paganism, these pictures are evidence that your 
gifts are at work. 



The pictures identified — top down. The Navaho 
boys and girls in the schoolroom with the teacher. 
Miss Angie Garber. Lunch time with the boys and 
girls enjoying the good jood prepared by Mrs. Mary 
Baer and other members oj the staff. On the play- 
ground where these boys and girls learn to play like 
our boys and girls. The entire group enrolled in the 
school clad in their boots and outdoor clothes. 




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SOME THRILLS AT FINDLAY, OHIO 

If only Brethren people as a whole could experience 
some of the thrills which come to the secretary as we 
visit our mission churches, the real importance and value 
of the work would appear as never before. But this is 
impossible. The best we can do is try to tell you and 
show you by pictures something of what God is doing 
through your prayers and gifts. 

It was a joyful experience to stay in a home which 
had recently become a Christian home through the tes- 
timony of the Findlay church and to see the blessing in 
the lives of these new-born souls. This is only one of 
many homes where lives have been touched and changed 
spiritually through the ministry of the pastor, Bro. For- 
est Lance, and the faithful members of his group. 

Lots have been purchased in Findlay and a new meet- 
ing place is desperately needed to house this growing 



LOOKING FOR A PROJECT? 

Rev. Thomas Hammers, pastor of the new Seattle, 
Wash., work, writes: "Not having a mimeograph is 
like not having a right arm." That statement de- 
scribes the importance of such a piece of equipment in 
a new work, when publicity must be gotten out in 
quantities. So, how about making it a project for 
home missions? A good used A. B. Dick mimeograph 
is desired, but if you don't have the machine, the 
money will make it possible for Brother Hammers to 
purchase one. 

Brethren Home Missions Council, Inc. 



church. Now meeting in an old abandoned school, the 
Findlay brethren have high hopes of getting into the 
fii'st unit of their new building sometime this summer. 

If Brethren people respond to the Minute-Man appeal, 
as we believe they will, this hope will be realized. 

COLORED WORK IN FREMONT, OHIO 

The same Lord's Day in the evening found us meeting 
briefly with the new colored group in Fremont, Ohio. 
They were ci-owded into 2 small i-ooms in a dwelling and 
had to be moved to a nearby church building for photo- 
graphing. 

Bro. Granville Tucker, with the cooperation and as- 
sistance of Bro. Lester Pifer, of our Fremont church, has 
done a fine job in ministering to the spiritual needs of 
Negroes in the area. 

These friends need your earnest prayers that the work 
may develop and that a suitable building might be found 
for regular services. 

FORMER MISSION CHURCH GROWING 

The Fremont, Ohio, home mission church took a long 
financial step when they assumed responsibility for their 



entire support last year. It was indeed a step of definite 
faith in Christ to meet the need. 

Each visit to Fremont furnishes additional evidence 
that God has rewarded this faith in rich blessing, not 
only in dollars but in the salvation of souls and splendid 
growth in the church. 

Located in perhaps the most promising new area of 
the city, this former home mission church enjoys good 
standing and an effective testimony in the community. 

The beautiful tabernacle-type building is serving the 
congregation admirably. Certainly it has been proved a 
very practical and functional type of church structure. 

We believe that under the leadership of Bro. Lester 
Pifer, the pastor, this church is the spearhead for funda- 
mental Bible teaching in the entire area. 

A New Year's service in this church with a large at- 
tendance and many decisions was a great personal bless- 
ing to us. 

OPPORTUNITIES AT WHEATON, ILL. 

Our new Sunday school in Wheaton is enjoying the 
blessing of the Lord as meetings are held each Lord's 
Day in the little model home in the center of a new 
housing area. 

This work is important in several ways. There are 
many in the city and surrounding area who need Christ 
as Saviour. There is also an opportunity to provide 
Brethren fellowship for many of our young people who 
attend Wheaton College. Of great importance is the fact 
that this new church may spearhead Brethren work in 
the entire State of Illinois. This is the first church of 
our fellowship in that great area. 

We need lots and a church building in Wheaton. Pray 
earnestly for the members of this church and for its 
e.xpansion. 

BRETHREN GROUP IN SIDNEY, OHIO 

For a number of months several families have been 
meeting in a lodge hall at Sidney, Ohio, with plans in 
mind for joining our fellowship. 

We certainly enjoyed our recent visit with this group. 
Plans for the future were considered and we are trusting 
the Lord to meet our needs in everv way. 




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A NEW CHURCH DEVELOPING IN MICHIGAN 



About 2 years ago we publicized the fact that a group 
of people had organized a Brethren church near Alto, 
Mich. This is just the beginning of a story of God's 
blessing upon this group. 

The original group numbered about 32 and has now 
grown to 54 members. 

Very soon after organization a plot of ground was 
secured and a basement building constructed. For some 
months the congregation worshiped here, but recently 
they have added the upper structure and are now fin- 
ishing the inside of an attractive frame building 62 feet 
long and 33 feet wide. 

Practically all of the construction work with the ex- 
ception of the furnace installation was done by the mem- 
bers of the church. No help financially was received 
from any mission board. 

Bro. Earl Funderburg, the pastor, feels that all of this 
is evidence as to how the Lord will bless in starting a 
new church if proper faith and confidence are placed in 
Him. With this we totally agree. 

We are happy for these fine new churches which are 
constantly strengthening our total potential for our 
blessed Lord. 



H. M. FIELDS TO H. M. FRIENDS 

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42 dedications of life. There were 123 in Sunday school 
■without any drive of any kind. Last night at our 
"Wednesday prayer service 50 were present for it. The 
day school is due for an increase in enrollment, so all in 
all we are rejoicing. 

MODESTO, CALIF. (Harold Painter, pastor)— 

We had a real blessed time last Sunday with 1 decision 
in the morning, 1 baptized, and 1 new member added at 
the close of the service. We had 18 people come forward 
at the invitation on Sunday night. The Sunday before, 
"we baptized an elderly couple and received them into 
the church. 

FINDLAY, OHIO (Forest F. Lance, pastor)— 

We had the first day of our Sunday school attendance 
drive yesterday. It was very successful, with 55 present 
and many of our families not present due to sickness. 
Everyone, including the children, is working, and in an- 
other Sunday or two we expect to be coming close to 
100. The men's fellowship is calling in homes, and at 
present we have a list of excellent prospects for the 
work. Souls are being saved and miracles are being 
performed in our midst. We praise God for the working 
of the Holy Spirit in bringing us these blessings. 

ALEXANDRIA, VA. (Kenneth league, pastor)— 

God has been very good to us and we do praise Him 
for every blessing. The present plan is to dedicate our 
completed church on March 29, 1953. This is being made 
possible because a special construction fund was started 
in February 1952, with the members and friends of the 
church giving $1 extra each week to complete the 
church. This was in addition to the regular building 
fund and regular offerings. During 1952 $3,905 came in 
through this fund, making possible the upper auditorium 
•85 percent complete, with all bills paid. The total local 




Looking at the pictures from the top down, you see 
the pastor. Rev. Earl Funderburg, and his faraily, the 
new Calvary Brethren Church with the Sunday morn- 
ing congregation outside, and the congregation on the 
inside with the 2 pictures representing the group on 
either side of the aisle. 

offerings for 1952 were $13,437.48. In 1952 the attend- 
ance increased 69 percent in Sunday school, 57 percent 
in the morning worship service, and 44 percent in the 
evening service. God is still working and giving us 
souls. We had a fine young man accept Christ as his 
Saviour this last Sunday night. 



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HUNGER! 

While waiting at the bus stop at Fairfax and Rosewood 
Avenues I was impressed by the look of hunger on the 
face of every Jewish person that passed me. I do not 
refer to the hunger brought on by lack of material food. 
The hunger to which I refer is induced by a far greater 
need than ordinary food. I am speaking of a spiritual 
hunger that shows in the faces of all men who passed by 
the Word of God and who have not come to Gcd by "the 
Way," Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah of Israel, and 
the Saviour of the world. The people who passed me 
this day were trying to mask the evidence of that hunger 
in many ways, but always the mask either slipped down 
or was a trifle awry, so the discerning eye could appre- 
hend the hungry, empty look of the soul without God, 
lost, condemned. I recognized many of these people as 
those whom I have contacted in their homes. All but a 
pitiful few continually reject God's way of salvation; 
some of them have made the request that I never return. 

Why does the average Jewish person refuse to give an 
honest consideration to the Word of God? Even when 
one sets aside the New Testament and attempts to deal 
with a Jewish person entirely from the Old Testament, 
he is met with the expressions, "That is your interpreta- 
tion," "The Talmud says . . .," "I have God in my heart," 
"I am not a sinner," and countless like expressions too 
numerous to mention. And all are used as a shield 
against the sword of the Lord, which is the Word of 
God. As I have tried to analyze this attitude I have 
come to the conclusion that it is the product of a three- 
fold misunderstanding on the part of Jewish people. 



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under roof. The above picture was taken around Jan- 
uary 20, or only 3V2 months from the date of the ground- 
breaking service. The work that takes considerable time 
remains to be done, such as wiring, plumbing, heating, 
etc. Work will continue toward the completion of the 
lower auditorium so that it can be used for services at 
the earliest possible date. You will recall that the con- 
tractor for the church is Dr. Thomas Murray, a pastor of 
a large church in Denver. He is doing an excellent job 
with a very substantial saving to the church financially. 
Praise God for His leading in securing Dr. Murray. 



By Bruce L. Button 

First, the average Jew maintains God-knowledge is not 
the result of divine manifestation; rather it is the finding 
of men who have been seeking God. Second, the aver- 
age Jew maintains the Old Testament is not the Word 
of God; it contains the Word of God, but that Word is set 
in the midst of the gross errors of the human writers. 
Third, the average Jew accepts the findings of so-called 
scientists when they are in direct opposition to the state- 
ments of the Old Testament. 

If God-knowledge is not the result of divine manifes- 
tation, then to be logical we must say that the Old Tes- 
tament misrepresents when it tells of God revealing 
himself to Abraham; also in the Jacob-Bethel incident; 
as well as in the experience of Moses with the burning 
bush and in the Red Sea crossing; and finally in the 
Mount Sinai revelation. In fact, this is the position 
taken by many of the Jewish people with whom I have 
talked. They claim Moses was a man beyond his time. 
Due to his great knowledge he was able to predict the 
rolling back of the waters of the Red Sea by the wind. 
He had the people there at the proper time and so they 
passed over. He also understood the Mount Sinai inci- 
dent. It was nothing but a minor eruption and he knew 
it as such. However, he used the reaction of the people 
to his own advantage in foisting upon them the law 
which he, Moses, and not God, had produced. The rea- 
son for this sort of action by Moses was the fact he was 
dealing with an ignorant people. Ignorant people al- 
ways respond much better to driving and deception than 
to reason. Thus one might well say the high moral and 
spiritual code of the Old Testament was founded upon 
lies and misrepresentation. Certainly such reasoning is 
unworthy of refutation! 

When one maintains the Old Testament is not the 
Word of God, he passes upon man an obligation which 
he can never fulfill. He holds that man, who is at best 
imperfect, is able to discern the Word of God in relation 
to the error of man. And to assume such a position is 
to set man up as God or equal to God, making any word 
from God unnecessary. 

Also if one accepts the finding of scientists when the 
finding is in direct opposition to the Word of God, he 
presupposes the finding as ultimate truth. However, 
science is changing its assertions daily, while the Word 
of God has never changed. As science approaches ulti- 
mate truth it always aligns itself with the Word of God. 

The Old Testament speaks of our Jewish friends as 
people who have hardened their necks that they might 
not hear God's words (Neh. 9:16; Jer. 19:15). Is there 
hope for this heavy-eared and shut-eyed people (Isa. 
6:10)? There is hope if these people will but heed God's 
Word when it states, "The heart is deceitful above all 
things, and exceedingly wicked" (Jer. 17:9). If they 
will accept even this small portion of God's truth a 
transformation can take place in many Jewish hearts 
with the result that they might recognize Jesus of Naz- 
areth to be the Messiah, the incarnate Son of the most 
high God, and the eternal glory of the Jewish race. 

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Prayer, ^nuch prayer, for the softening and transforming 
of Jewish hearts. 



HARRAH, WASHINGTON 



Mr. Sharett, Foreign Minister of the State of Israel, 
described the recent Prague trial of 11 Communist lead- 
ers in Czechoslovakia as "a farce in the form of a legal 
trial . . . that history has already passed judgment upon 
those regimes which had recourse to the bogy of anti- 
Semitism in order to divert the attention of the masses 
of their people from their own troubles and the failure 
of the rulers and to turn their hatred toward Jews 
chosen as scapegoats." One of the crimes attributed to 
these leaders was that of being "Zionists." If the term 
"Zionist" can condemn one to hanging, then all born- 
again saints of God stand in danger of being hanged, for 
we look for the day when Israel will be once more in 
the land, as the head of nations, and with the law going 
forth from Zion! Certainly the stirring up of anti- 
Semitic feeling in Russia and other Iron Curtain coun- 
tries is but an indication that Satan knows that time is 
running out and the Day of the Lord is at hand. 



The great Jewish nobleman. Baron Montefiore, of 
London, once visited the Emperor of Austria. At din- 
ner one of the imperial ministers, an anti-Semite, gave 
an account of his travels in equatorial Africa. 

"I didn't see one pig or Jew there," he remarked mali- 
ciously. 

"In that case," answered Montefiore, "it would be 
advisable that your excellency and I go there." 



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This is the congregation of the Harrah Brethren 
Church as the home mission camera recorded it during 
the recent trip of the secretary to the Northwest District. 
The present pastor of the Harrah church is Rev. Jesse 
Hall, a member of the Brethren Home Missions Council 
board of directors. 



WMC Exceeds Another Home Mission Goal 



The Women's Missionary Council continues its record 
of exceeding goals for the Thanksgiving home mission 
offering by going over the top again this year by almost 
$200. Their goal this year was $2,200, to be equally 
divided between completing the upper auditorium of 
the Grace Brethren Church, Portland, Oreg., and pur- 
chasing lots for a new church in Baltimore, Md. 

The goal this year was increased $200 over the one for 
the previous year, when it was $2,000. Needless to say 
that the $2,000 goal for purchasing lots in Denver, Colo., 
was exceeded and that the offering was used for that 
project. On another page of this issue is a picture of 
the new Grace Brethren Church of Denver, Colo., and 
this church was erected on the lots the WMC helped to 
make possible. 

If you care to go back another year, the goal was 
$1,800, to be used toward the support of our home mis- 
sionaries to the Navaho Indians. From these figures you 
will observe that each year the WMC took an extra step 




of faith by raising the goal an additional $200 and each 
year the Lord honored their faith and the goal was ex- 
ceeded. The title of a familiar hymn, "Faith Is the 
Victory," is sufficient to explain these victories of the 
WMC. 

The Brethren Home Missions Council is indeed grate- 
ful to every member of every local WMC organization 
for every gift that has made possible these contributions 
to the work of Brethren home missions. 

We believe that the faith exercised by the WMC and 
the victories won because of their faith should be an 
example for every Brethren and every Brethren organ- 
ization. Certainly this reminds us of Ephesians 3:20, that 
God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that 
we ask or think. 



COMMUNION SERVICE BLESSES AT CLEVELAND 

We have been rejoicing since last Sunday over the 
blessings of that day. We held our first communion 
service of the new year and had an attendance of about 
35. The real thrill was provided by the fact that 8 of 
the folks were new and they represented 4 families. 
These were all young folks and each testified or con- 
veyed to me at the close, of the tremendous blessings 
of the service. Only 2 of the 8 are members of the 
church now but we trust the Lord will soon lead the 
others to make a decision to join us. — Russell M. Ward, 
pastor. 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lalte, Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanoke 15, Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L; Grubb 

Box 395, Winona Lake. Ind. 

<Jrace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



Rev. James Hammer, of Fort 
Wayne, Ind., has been appointed a 
chaplain (1st lieutenant) in the Civil 
Air Patrol. His work will be with 
youth and adult groups. 

The South Bend, Ind., church was 
given a small pipe organ by Mr. and 
Mrs. William Phebus, of that city. 
Rev. Russell Ogden, pastor, reports 
that the Phebuses are interested in 
the church, though not members. 

Ten members of the Wayjieshoro, 
Pa., church, pastored by Rev. Den- 
nis Holliday, read through the Bible 
in 1952. 

Mr. Lambert Myers, of the 
Waynesboro, Pa., church, is a mem- 
ber of the Men's Glee Club Chorus 
at the University of Pittsburgh. 

The Beaumont, Calif., church gave 
its pastor. Rev. Gene Farrell, a 
unanimous call to continue his min- 
istry there, which will be his 5th 
year. During 1952 this church gave 
$14,584.72, or an average of $255.87 a 
member, to all funds. 

Mr. Cyrus Augenhaugh, member 
of the Whittier, Calif., First church, 
died February 5. 

Our Brethren Spanish-American 
mission at Cordillera, N. Mex., was 
partially burned by fire recently, 
due to an overheated wood stove. 
The damage has been repaired and 
services resumed. 

The Long Beach, Calif., Second 
church won 4th prize in Class B of 
the Christian Life Sunday School 
Contest, in which more than 1,600 
Sunday schools participated. Rev. 
George Peek is pastor of this church. 

The new address for Rev. Archie 
Lynn is 1822 Windsar Ave., Raleigh 
Ct, Roanoke, Va., c/o J. H. Putt. 
(Change Annual, p. 70.) 

When Rev. and Mrs. Thomas 
Hammers arrived in Seattle, Wash., 
to begin their ministry there, they 



found the cupboard stocked with 
groceries, vegetables in the cooler, 
and the fuel tank filled with 300 
gallons of oil. 

Mrs. Rose Foster spoke at the 
South Pasadena, Calif., church on 
February 4 and showed pictures of 
our mission work in Africa. 

Rev. Walter Overlin preached at 
the Denver, Colo., church on Feb- 
ruary 8. Rev. Lowell Hoyt is pastor. 

The Ashland, Ohio, church reports 
that a new all-steel baptistry is be- 
ing installed. Rev. Miles Taber is 
pastor of this church. 

A Bible training school will be 
launched on February 26 at the 
Bible school annex of the Hagers- 
town, Md., church, at which time 
registrations will be taken. Classes 
will begin on March 5, with Rev. Ed- 
gar J. Bechley, Rev. Walter A. Lepp, 
and Rev. Charles B. Bergei-son as 
teachers. 




Mr. Virgil Shaw, member of the 
Glendale, Calif., church, died sud- 
denly on January 29. Rev. George 
Richardson officiated at the funeral 
service. 

At the Radford, Va., church on 
February 8 there was 1 confession of 
faith, 14 rededications, and 1 baby 
dedicated to the Lord. Rev. K. E. 
Richardson is pastor of this church. 

'A son, Matthew Bryan (for Wil- 
liam Jennings Bryan) Mohler, was 
born in Somerset Community Hos- 
pital, Somerset, Pa., on Wednesday, 
January 28, 1953. Rev. and Mrs. 
Paul Mohler of our Listie Brethren 
Church are the parents of the new 
son." (Card received from Pastor 
Mohler.) 

Members of the Bell, Calif., church 
presented their new pastor, Rev. 
Harry Sturz, and family with a 7- 
piece chrome dinette set at a sur- 
prise house warming on February 6. 
Rev. Clyde Laiidrum, pastor of 
the Uniontown, Pa., church, is to 
speak at a Youth for Christ meeting 
near Greensburg, Pa., February 21. 
Mrs. Nettie Harvey, charter mem- 
ber of the Long Beach, Calif., First 
church, celebrated her 93d birthday 
January 31. 



Additions to Membership 

Beaumont, Calif 1 

Clay City, Ind 2 

Dayton, Ohio (First) 8 

Findlay, Ohio 7 

Long Beach, Calif. (First) 2 

Phoenix, Ariz 2 

Spokane, Wash 2 

Winona Lake, Ind 2 

Public Confessions 

Phoenix, Ariz 2 

Radford, Va 15 

San Bernardino, Calif 9 

Dedication of Babies 

Findlay, Ohio 3 

Long Beach. Calif. (First) 3 

Radford, Va 1 



Eighteen young people from the 
Bell, Calif., church attended a re- 
treat at Palm Springs, Calif., Feb- 
ruary 13-15. Rev. Don Svenson 
brought the morning message at the 
Bell church on the 15th in the ab- 
sence of Pastor Harry Sturz, who 
met with the young people at Palm 
Springs. 

Richard Hammer, 5-year-old son 
of Rev. and Mrs. James D. Hammer, 
of Fort Wayne, Ind., has been strick- 
en with rheumatic fever and will be 
confined to bed for at least 6 months. 

Rev. Charles S. McConnell, head 
of the Free Tract League of Cleve- 
land, Ohio, and member of the Long 
Beach, Calif., First church for 35 
years, died February 6. 

The Fort Wayne, Ind., church has 
awarded a $2,074 coiitract for the 
renovation of its basement which 
will add 2 new Sunday school rooms 
to its present facilities. The men of 
the church are making other altera- 
tions and redecorating the vestibules 
and rest rooms. 

Rev. Jerry Yerian spoke at the Los 
Angeles, Calif., Third church Feb- 
ruary 15. and Dr. Robert Schaper 
will be the messenger on February 
22. Rev. James Beatty is pastor of 
this church. 

Peggy Raye, daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. Hugo Gingrich, and Cathy Jo, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ging- 
rich, were dedicated to the Lord re- 
cently. Rev. Joseph L. Gingrich, 
pastor of the Sterling, Ohio, church, 
and grandfather of the babies, had 
the happy privilege of conducting 
this service. 



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"LIGHT FROM THE CROSS' IS MARCH BOOK CLUB CHOICE 

By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, Chairman of Book Club Review Committee 



There is only one God -forsaken 
spot in the universe, and that is the 
place of the Skull, a hill called Cal- 
vary. Across the far-flung battle- 
iields of the world there are many 
famous hills. At those points the 
destiny of nations were settled. But 
there is no hill in this wide world 
-where the issues settled were so 
momentous as those that were set- 
tled at Calvary. There they cruci- 
iied Him. There He gave His life. 
There the Lord laid upon Him the 
iniquity of us all. There the world 
Avas judged and its great prince. 
There! There! There, once, only 
once; never before, never since, 
never again, God forsook His Son 
that He might not be forced to for- 
sake humanity. 

At this Easter season, when all the 
saints will be remembering again the 
«vents which took place at Calvary, 
there is need for God's people to let 
the cross of Calvary search their 
own hearts. Just as all the ages 
converge upon the cross, so also 
ought all of our affections to con- 
verge upon that cruel tree. A con- 
stant, continuous, consistent atten- 
tion given to that cross and its mean- 
ing will search every heart and bring 
every believer into a more intimate 
touch with the one who loved us 
and gave Himself for us. To that 
end the book club has made its se- 
lections. If you have felt yourself 
drifting away from Him, or you have 
been conscious that the tie binding 
your heart to Him is becoming frag- 
ile, you need to meet Him again at 
the place of the Skull. 

The fu-st-choice book for March is 
"Light From the Cross," by Fried- 
rich August Tholuck. This wUl be 
sent to club members unless they 
notify the Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald Company to the contrary before 
March 1. In case the second-choice 
is desired, or some other book listed 
previously in these columns, as a 
substitute for the first-choice book, 
just write the company of this 
change. 

The second-choice book is "By 
Strange Paths," by Sallie Lee Bell. 
Heviews follow. 

As a premium for joining the club 
we offer you your selection of the 
following books: Dr. Florence Grib- 
We's "Stranger Than Fiction," Dr. 



Andrew Bonar's "The Biography of 
Robert Murray McCheyne," and Dr. 
John R. Rice's "Prayer: Asking and 
Receiving." By ordering 1 of the 2 
books offered for the month of March 
you become a member and are en- 
titled to one of the above premium 
books. 

To members of the club who will 
be purchasing books December 
through March, a dividend book will 
be sent— "The Potter and the Shep- 
herd," by J. C. Brumfield. 



anew to live for Him who bore our 
sins in His own body on the tree. 
Price of book is $3.50. — Hervian A. 
Hoyt. 



"LIGHT FROM THE CROSS" 

By Friedrich August Tholuck 

For a period of some 50 years this 
man of God labored as professor of 
theology In the University of Halle. 
At the time of his appointment, ra- 
tionalism and unbelief ruled in this 
great university. Nevertheless, his 




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influence was so great that the en- 
tire comple.xion of the university 
changed during those years, and fi- 
nally became a noted center of evan- 
gelicalism. 

The deep sense of piety and the 
burning passion of this man for the 
souls of his students made him more 
than an able professor in the class- 
room. He was actually an evangelist 
on the campus. "Light From the 
Cross" contains many of the sermons 
he preached to the student body. 
These sermons gather around the 
cross and search the hearts of men. 
Many common people gathered to 
hear him preach these sermons, and 
so they were adapted to all alike. 

Pastors, Bible teachers, and lay- 
men alike will profit from the read- 
ing of these messages. As he leads 
the reader into the presence of 
Christ, the approaching shadow of 
the cross, through the garden, the 
judgment hall, out the Via Dolorosa 
to Golgotha, every step will lay bare 
the soul in the presence of a holy 
God and will set each one aside 



"BY STRANGE PATHS" 
By Sallie Lee Bell 

This is a story from the early days 
of Louisiana history. However, its 
real beginning took place in the city 
of Paris. Miss Elsie Demarest was 
on her way to visit a dying woman 
who lived in one of the worst sec- 
tions of the city. Her mind was 
completely absorbed by her mission 
when suddenly she was seized by 2 
ruffians who forced her into a near- 
by house where she was detained 
along with several others who had 
met a like fate. 

Before long the girls who had been 
captured were bound, blindfolded, 
and loaded into a ship, destination 
unknown. The record of the jour- 
ney across the ocean and the arrival 
at New Orleans is filled with sus- 
pense and interest. The ridicule and 
rebuffs which Elsie received were 
hard to take but she had determined 
to be a Christian whatever her fate. 
When the way was hard she had a 
source of comfort about whom none 
of the other girls knew. In spite of 
her testimony they took little inter- 
est in her faith. 

Once in this country life became 
different for the girls. They soon 
learned that they had been brought 
over to become wives for the settlers, 
but Elsie refused marriage under 
such terms. From the very first 
there were 2 men deeply interested 
in Mile. Demarest. Their continual 
struggle to outwit one another and 
win Elsie's attention wlU keep you 
reading till you learn how it aU 
comes out. 

Although there might be undue 
multiplicity of crises in the story, 
yet here is a book which bears an- 
other testimony to God's keeping 
power of His children. Crossing 
oceans and continents did not sep- 
arate Elsie from the protecting hand 
of her God. If He can do that for 
her He can do as much for you, too. 
Those who have read "The Queen's 
Jest" or "Through Golden Meadows" 
will look forward to this latest of 
Mrs. Bell's books. — Blaine Snyder. 



February 21,1953 



12J 



THE SEVEN SAYINGS ON THE CROSS 






By Rev. R. I. Humberd, Flora, Ind. ' 



II. THE MESSAGE OF CONSOLATION. 



"When Jesus therefore saw his 
mother, and the disciple standing by, 
whom he loved, he saith unto his 
mother. Woman, behold thy son" 
(John 19:26). 

Woman 

But why did He caU her "wom- 
an"? Why did He not call her by 
the endearing name, "Mother"? 
When I was a little lad and a boy 
called his mother "the old woman," 
it was not regarded as good. 

Last words are precious words. 
We press near and bend low to hear 
the faintest whisper. My grand- 
father became ill. A daughter in a 
distant State was notified, but could 
she arrive in time? Finally the word 
came that she was at the railroad 
station, 5 miles away. A horse and 
buggy were pressed into service. All 
hearts beat with anxiety as Grand- 
father grew weaker and weaker. 

Finally the horse turned the cor- 
ner and raced up the lane. My aunt 
sprang out, dashed into the house, 
and threw herself across the bed, 
just as he breathed his last. But did 
he know her? Some thought there 
was a glint of recognition across his 
face. Last moments are precious 
moments. 

And so with Mary. She had heard 
the howling of the angry mob and 
knew it was thirsting for the blood 
of her Son. She had followed, labor- 
ing up the long hill to Calvary: she 
had heard the dull thud of the mal- 
lets as they drove the spikes through 
the tender flesh; she heard the 
taunting of the Jews, and saw the 
face, so bruised and forlorn. 

She had stationed herself as near 
the cross as she was permitted to 
come, and there she waited. Oh, if 
He only knew that she was there; if 
He would only look in her direction 
and give her a parting word. Breath- 
lessly she waited, and then the head 
moved around, the tired eyes opened, 
the bruised lips parted: "Mother, I 
am so glad you are near; it is a great 
comfort to have you here; you are 
the best woman in all the world." 

We might expect such words, but 
no, just a common word, "woinan," 



the same word He had used for the 
woman at the well. 

But why did He thus address His 
mother? Did He not know her heart 
was beating with sympathy for Him 
in His sufferings? Did He not know 
her heart was bursting with sorrow 
for Him in His sorrow? Did He not 
know that she longed for a word 
from His lips? And then it came, 
but it was just the common word, 
"woman." Why did He not call her 
"iTiother"? 

Protection of Mary 

Oft have I heard a message on this 
text, but they did not satisfy. Rather 
did I turn away with disappointment, 




feeling that Mary did not get her 
due. But I do not like to be disap- 
pointed with anything our Lord does, 
so I asked Him what He meant, and 
it was only a few weeks ago that my 
heart came to rest on the subject. 

How carefully our Lord guarded 
every reference to His mother. Oft 
did He use strange and even harsh 
words when He spoke of Her. But 
did He not know that a false reli- 
gious system would arise that would 
worship Mary? Did He not know 
that they would grasp at every word 
He uttered? And did He not thus 
destroy every foundation upon which 
they might erect such a blasphemous 
sy stein? 



Once a certain woman would hon- 
or the "Blessed Virgin" as she cried, 
"Blessed is the womb that bare thee, 
and the paps which thou hast 
sucked." 

Quickly our Lord retorted, "Yea, 
rather, blessed are they that hear 
the word of God, and keep it" (Luke 
11:27-28). Let those who would un- 
duly honor Mary receive this rebuke 
at the hands of the Lord Himself. 

Honor jor Mary 

Why should we honor Mary? 
True, she was the mother of our 
Lord, but were there not 10,000 other 
women in Israel who longed to be 
the mother of the promised Redeem- 
er? Would they not have showered 
their love upon Him, and have given 
Him the best they had? 

Then why honor Mary because she 
was the one so highly favored? 
(Luke 1:28). Rather, let Mary "mag- 
nify the Lord," and rejoice that God 
had thus "regarded the low estate of 
his handmaiden" (Luke 1:46-48). 

Once the multitude informed Him 
that His mother and brethren stood 
without, but He answered, "My 
mother and my brethren are those 
which hear the word of God, and 
do it" (Luke 8:21). 

That was all that Mary did— she 
heard the word of God and did it. 
When the angel announced the will 
of God for her life she said, "Behold 
the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto 
me according to thy word" (Luke 
1:38). and tens of thousands of other 
earnest souls have done the same, 
and it is not God's purpose to honor 
one above another. 

God has a purpose for every life, 
and thus He will not unduly honor 
Mary simply because "the purpose of 
God according to election" brought 
her into such prominence among 
men (Rom. 9:11). Froin our view- 
point, Mary performed the greatest 
possible service; God does not look 
upon the outward appearance, but 
upon the heart, and "if there be first 
a willing mind, it is accepted accord- 
ing to that a man hath, and not ac- 
cording to that he hath not" (II Cor. 
8:12). 



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CLAYTON YOUTH 
GROUP GROWS 

Thursday night is the meeting time 
of the Clayton, Ohio, BYF, and 
average attendance of the group is 
nearly 20. A game time, refresh- 
ments, and a junior choir practice 
are included along with their devo- 
tional program in these Thursday- 
night meetings. The junior choir 
occasionally sings at the Sunday 
church services. 

Currently, these young people are 
raising funds to fix up a small barn 
on the parsonage property into a 
game room and meeting place. Al- 
most enough funds are now on hand 
for putting in a cement floor. Even- 
tual plans include lining the build- 
ing, putting in a ping-pong table and 
other game equipment, and even fix- 
ing it up for a future boys club 
building. 

At present, ages in this group 
range from 9 to 18, but it is hoped 
that they'll be able to divide into 
junior and senior groups soon. 



ALTOONA BYF PUBLISHES 
PAPER 

Jim Myers was chosen as editor 
of a new BYF weekly paper at the 
BYF of the Altoona, Pa., First 
church. The sheet is small in size, 
but contains artwork, a short devo- 
tional article, the week's program, 
and important news items and an- 
nouncements for the young people's 
group. The BYF procured a hecto- 
graph on which the paper is pub- 
lished. 



ATLANTIC DISTRICT 
YOUTH MEET 

Harrisburg, Pa., was host to more 
than 100 young people of the Atlan- 
tic District January 16-17 in an en- 
thusiastic overnight rally. Featured 
speaker both Friday night and Sat- 
urday was a layman, a building con- 
tractor from Carlisle, Pa. Singing 
was led by Evangelist Bill Smith, 
with Rev. Charles Bergerson at the 
piano. 

On Saturday morning Marjorie 
Lepp presided over the district Sis- 



Blessed Names of Our Lord 



By Rev. Charles Ashman, Rittman, Ohio; 



VIII. "SON OF DAVID." 



The New Testament is full of var- 
ious names given to our Lord. Some 
of the more repeated ones we recog- 
nize quickly, others not so quickly. 
All are rich in meaning. In the very 
fii-st verse of Matthew there are 3 
such names. "Jesus," which means 
"Saviour"; "Christ," which means 
"Anointed One"; and "the Son of 
David." Jesus and Chi-ist are names 
blessed to every responsive ear and 
they will never cease to thrill the 
Christian with their beauty. 

But Jesus Christ is as well "the 
Son of David." How is that? He, 
according to God's Word, was the 
lineal descendant of David, whose 
descendant was promised the ever- 
lasting kingdom. Christ is entitled 
to David's eternal kingdom by a 
twofold lineage. (1) Joseph, His 
legal but not natural father, was of 
the Davidic regal line and by that 
token Christ was the legal heir to 
the throne. (2) Mary, His mother, 
was of the royal line of David and 
by that token Christ had birthright 
to this promised never-ending king- 
dom. 

Isaiah's Messianic prophecy of 9: 
6-7 gives us the full Biblical basis 
for our belief that Christ is the ful- 



fillment not only of the sinner's 
dream— full and free salvation— but 
as well the hopes of Israel, the 
Messiah who would reign over a 
kingdom "with justice and with 
righteousness from henceforth, even 
for ever." 

Though you and I may not be a 
member of God's chosen nation, Is- 
rael, we shall enjoy the inheritance 
of the blessings of the promises to 
that nation. And we, as God's cho- 
sen bride for His Son, shall share in 
the very rule and reign over that 
Davidic kingdom and throne. God's 
promises to Israel never failed and 
never will fail. Christ may not be 
King yet, either in the hearts of men 
or in the nations of men, but some 
day — soon, we hope — the prophetic 
promises of God will find fulfillment 
and we shall enjoy a kingdom of 
perfect righteousness forever. 

Son of David, God's Ruler to be. 
All to Him must bow the knee. 
Yet you today refuse and say, 
"I will not have His rule and sway." 
Someday in judgment God will call 
And without mercy you will fall, 
Admitting the Christ of Calvary 
Was the Son of David, God's ruler 
to be. 



terhood meeting. The boys organ- 
ized, with James Custer, of Martins- 
burg, W. Va., elected president; 
Frank Gardner, of Alexandria, Va., 
vice president; and Charles Stoner. 
of Harrisburg, Pa., secretary-treas- 
urer. John Degenhardt. of Martins- 
burg, was selected as district BBC 
advisor. 

The entire group toured the State 
capitol building, then returned to a 
high school cafeteria for a banquet. 
The fellowship was thoroughly en- 
joyed by all. 



enthusiasm is running high for the 
group. We'll be expecting to hear 
good things from them! 



WATERLOO BBC STARTS AGAIN 

The church bus garage has been 
converted into a BBC clubhouse at 
Waterloo, Iowa, and equipped with 
fine workbenches, power tools, and 
hand tools, by the men of the church. 
Clyde Stitt is the new club chief, and 



TROY BOYS ENTHUSED 
ABOUT BBC 

For soiTie time Troy, Ohio, has had 
a boys club, with mostly a recrea- 
tional program. Occasionally these 
boys have helped with some of the 
chores around their church building, 
such as moving bricks, helping clean 
up debris from the building, etc. 

But at a recent meeting with the 
youth director they expressed a great 
deal of enthusiasm for getting into 
the full BBC program, with hobbies, 
ranks, etc. Eighteen boys and three 
men were present at the meeting, 
and a good time was enjoyed in the 
games, and with refreshments, as 
well as in the devotional period. 



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CHURCHES 



Findlay, Ohio 

We had a dedicatory service for 3 
babies January 25. On February 1 
we witnessed 3 public confessions, 1 
of which was a fii'st-time decision. 
In the afternoon 32 of us drove 40 
miles to Fremont, where 7 people of 
our group were baptized. These 
united with the church that evening. 

On January 21 it was the privilege 
of 21 from Findlay to participate in 
the threefold communion service 
with the Fremont brethren — only 1 
besides the pastor's family having 
before participated in a communion 
service in a Brethren church. 

The average attendance was 55 
people in our Sunday school during 
January. 

We have secured an architect to 
draw plans for our new church 
building. — Forest Lance, pastor. 

Camden, Ohio 

A singspiration was held at our 
church February 1 under the direc- 
tion of Bro. Alden Craig, our adviser 
of adult gospel team work. Our 
pastor, Rev. Robert Betz, extended 
the welcome of the church to the 
visitors. 

Rev. Charles Flowers, pastor of 
the Sampleville Mission, was in 
charge of the music, with Mrs. Flow- 
ers at the piano. Special numbers 
were given by groups from both 
churches and by a girls' trio from 
Hamilton, Ohio. — Warren A. Craig, 
secretary. 

Kittanning, Pennsylvania (1st) 

The Armstrong County public 
protest rally opposing and exposing 
the modernism of the new Revised 
Standard Version of the Bible was 
held at our church January 30. 
There were 400 people, mostly 
adults, present. To each of these 
people a copy of "The R. S. V. — A 
Friend or a Traitor to the Faith," 
by Rev. Clayton H. Gray, was given. 

The special speaker for the occa- 
sion was Rev. Henry Kulp, of Al- 
toona, Pa. Other preachers who 
took part were Irvin Johnson, Bap- 



PRAY FOR THESE SPECIAL MEETINGS 



Church 


Dates 


Whittier, Calif. 




(First) 


Feb. 8-22 


Long Beach, Calif. 




(First) 


Feb. 22 


Berne, Ind 


Feb. 22-March8. 


Phoenix, Ariz. . . . 


Feb. 24-Marchl. 


Long Beach, Calif 




(First) 


March 1-15 


Conemaugh, Pa . . 


March 8-22 


Johnstown, Pa. 




(First) 


March 8-12 


Spokane, Wash . . . 


March 8-22 


Canton, Ohio 


March 9-15 


Clay City, Ind 


March 9-22 


Uniontown, Pa . . . 


March 9-22 


Allentown, Pa. . . . 


March 10-22.... 



Pastor Speaker 

Carl Sisson Cedric Sears. 

Charles Mayes. . . . Russell Humberd. 

Ord Gehman Pat Henry. 

J. C. McKUlen. . . . Russell Humberd. 

Charles Mayes R. Paul Miller. 

Stanley Hauser. . . Stanley Hauser. 

W. A. Ogden William Mierop. 

William Schaffer . . Robert Ashman. 

John Billing Anthony Zeoli. 

Ralph Burns William Steffler. 

Clyde Landrum . . . Russell Weber. 
William Gray Miles Taber. 



tist; Ralph Burns, Baptist: Rudolph 
Panciera, evangelist; Henry Shilling, 
founder and president of Transyl- 
vania College; Harry Stevic, Free 
Methodist; Donald Rossman, Breth- 
ren; George Sickenberger, Christian 
and Missionary Alliance; David 
Martin, Baptist; and Leslie B. Baltz, 
Nazarene. — Gordon W. Bracker, pas- 
tor. 

San Bernardino, California 

We have just completed a 10-day 
Bible conference with Rev. R. I. 
Humberd and his charts. This is our 
2d conference with him and we look 
forward to our 3d, scheduled for 
next winter. 

There was a gradual increase in 
attendance each night, though there 
was an interdenominational Bible 
conference in town. There were 9 
decisions during the conference, 4 
of which were first-time confessions 
of faith in Christ. We have been 
praying for 2 years for one elderly 
man who accepted Christ. 

When 3 people made public deci- 
sions on February 1 it made the 6th 
straight Sunday we have had public 
decisions. — Lyle W. Marvin, pastor. 

Kittanning, Pennsylvania (North 
Buffalo) 

The Lord has been doing great 
things here at North Buffalo in the 
few weeks since we arrived. For all 
that He has done we are very grate- 
ful. Two persons made public con- 
fessions on Sunday, January 25, and 
several have expressed a desii-e to 
follow the Lord in baptism. Still 



others have expressed a desire to 
unite with our church by letter. 

On Thursday evening, February 5, 
the members and friends of the 
church gave us a reception at the 
parsonage. About 40 persons were 
present and many thoughtful and 
useful gifts were presented. 

We are looking forward to great 
things from the Lord in the future. 
Please continue to pray for the work 
here at North Buffalo.— Donald W. 
Rossman, pastor. 

Hopewell, Pennsylvania (Yellow 
Creek) 

Following are a few of the bless- 
ings that God has given us here at 
Yellow Creek. Sunday, January 25, 
there were 5 public decisions. Wed- 
nesday, February 4, we shared the 
prayer and praise service with the 
Martinsburg, Pa., church and its 
good pastor, Gerald Teeter. Follow- 
ing that service 7 were baptized. On 
February 8 we accepted 9 into mem- 
bership at the worship service. 

Attendance at all services is better 
than ever. The Sunday school av- 
erages more than 30 percent above 
last year, for which we truly praise 
the Lord. — Sheldon W. Snyder, pas- 
tor. 

Sterling, Ohio 

A very profitable 2 weeks was re- 
cently spent with Bro. J. L. Gingrich 
and the congregation of the Sterling 
Brethren Church in revival endeav- 
ors. We were thrilled with the sus- 
tained interest and prayer support 



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of the people. There was a willing- 
ness to serve and a desire for vic- 
tories. Especially commendable was 
the faithfulness of the choir in the 
ministry of music. We appreciated 
the time of visitation with Pastor 
Gingrich, learning much from his 
years of experience. The hospitality 
of the Sterling Brethren was not 
hard to enjoy. We praise the Lord 
for the privilege of proclaiming the 
Gospel to those who were so eager 
to hear. — Kenneth Ashman, evan- 
gelist. 



A 2-weeks victorious revival was 
conducted at Sterling with Rev. 
Kenneth Ashman conducting the 
meetings. It surely was a privilege 
to be a colaborer with a pronounced 
sympathetic pastor-evangelist. The 
revival, officially, became history 
only too rapidly according to the 
testimony of everyone who attended, 
and many never missed a single 
night. We believe the meetings left 
nothing to be desired. 

Brother Ashman did a splendid job 
of conducting the music program, in- 
teresting young children in short 
special services before the sermons, 
and also presenting challenging 
Spirit-moving messages each serv- 
ice. Victories accompanied faithful 
praying and testimony. There were 
28 definite decisions classified as fol- 
lows: 4 fia-st-time, 2 to transfer 
church affiliations to our fellowship, 
and 22 reconsecrations. The spirit 
of revival will continue and a defi- 
nite visitation program is about to be 
launched. 

As soon as the new baptistry is 
ready there perhaps will be about 
12 persons to obey their Lord in 
baptism and unite with the church. 
We covet special prayer that Satan 
may not get the advantage since this 
is another defeat to his program. 
Brethren, pray for us. — J. L. Ging- 
rich, pastor. 



LIKES FOREIGN MISSION NUMBER 

"It has just recently come to my 
mind that my subscription to the 
Herald is out this month and I do 
not want to miss it. . . . Hoping the 
Herald may continue to be published 
as I do love the foreign mission 
number. I am not a Brethren . . . 
but I've read letters from your older 
missionaries since a girl. I've kept 
track of the newer ones going out 
and like to read about them all. 
(Signed) Miss Florence Decker." 



THY LOVELY HARPS 

By Rev. Charles Bergerson, Hagerstown, Md. 

Dear God: 

Somewhere I hear the plucking of Thy lovely harps; 

Though silence reigns, I hear their joyous stops and starts. 

Thy music claimed my heart a God-made psaltery, 

Thy seal of love has marked the path of victory. 

The calmed, peaceful brightness of Thy Morning Star 

Awakes my feeble dimmed eyes, lest I stray far; 

The soaring of Thine everlasting wings of hope 

Invoke Thy winds of wisdom o'er my human scope. 

The fragrance of this holy sweat upon my brow, 

Lord, I shan't forget through every time from now. 

Dear God: 

Perchance, when I behold Thee on Thy royal throne, 

1 may with holy hands in that eternal home 

Take up Thy lovely harps and swell the heaven above 
With music of the Christ of mercy, grace, and love; 
And with the great and grand Redemption Symphony 
All seated by the throne in thrilling ecstasy, 
I'll join with perfect instruments in perfect key 
To send the chords of love throughout eternity. 
The angels know no song of Thy redeeming grace; 
Yet, I, in higher place, shall sing Thee face to face! 



THE PRESIDENT AT PRAYER 



Millions of believers were deeply 
moved when President Eisenhower 
chose to pray for divine guidance as 
his first official act. One Congress- 
man said: "I could not help thinking 
whatever he does or does not do, his 
regime will be marked by the sin- 
cerity of a deeply religious man." 

Add to this that the President and 
Mrs. Eisenhower quietly joined an 
evangelical church on the first Sun- 
day she was able to be away from 
the White House and the fact that 
the President accepted the invita- 
tion of Abraham Verheide to break- 
fast with the International Commit- 
tee for Christian Leadership and at 
that gathering in the presence of 
members of the Supreme Court, 
Senate, and House, gave a good tes- 
timony to his faith. 

We have learned that President 
Eisenhower has counseled with Billy 
Graham several times before the in- 
augural and that Mrs. Eisenhower 



has borne testimony to her personal, 
vital faith in Christ. Christians have- 
cause to rejoice and all the more rea- 
son to obey I Timothy 2:1-5 with 
respect to our own President. — NAE 
news release. 



YFC HELPS IN HOLLAND RELIEF 

Youth for Christ International has 
started channeling clothing and food 
relief to people in Holland to help 
alleviate the hardships caused by the 
recent storms. 

Dr. Robert A. Cook, president, 
says that the fii'st packages already 
have been sent on their way. 



DO NOT WANT TO MISS A COPY 

"Enclosed find $2 to pay for the 
Missionary Herald for another year. 
We do not want to miss a copy of 
it. (Signed) Mrs. D. J. Kliewer." 



February 21, 1953 



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jtev. and. iirs. Jilaine Snyder 
Winona Lake, Ind. 



MOVE OVER! 



"Where will Althea sit when she 
gets too big for that stool? Will we 
sell the stool?" Kent sat wiggling 
on the bench by his daddy as he 
asked the question. 

A long, not-too-narrow table, 
flanked by 2 equally long benches, 
provide the eating facilities of this 
clan. The little children sit in the 
middle sections of the benches so 
they can be helped and watched by 
the older members of the family. 
Althea sits at the open end of the 
table on a kitchen stool which has 
definitely seen its best days. Kent 
sat on it until Althea left the high 
chair in favor of baby Ardyth. A 
member of the high-chair crowd is 
ever with us I 

"Althea will sit on the bench with 
us, Paul Kent," Daddy explained. 
"If we sold the stool where would 
Ardyth sit when she's too big for the 
high chair?" 

"Let's get a new stool. This one 
is awful old." 

"It is more battered and used than 
old." Mother spoke out of experi- 
ence in teaching the children to 
handle furniture with care. 

"There's no room for Althea on 
the bench. We'll be crowded." 

"Who cares if we are crowded a 
little? We'll just move over and 
make room." Daddy was thinking 
of how they had made room at home 
when he was growing up, the oldest 
of 10. This business of moving over 
to make room is something Mother 
has had to learn from scratch since 
her acquisition of 8 children. And 
though the children do not realize it 
now, it is easier to learn to move 
over while the patterns of their lives 
are a-forming. 

"I don't want to move over. I 
don't like to be crowded," pouted a 
truthful 5-year-old. 

"It will be fun; just wait and see." 

"We're already crowded, if you 
ask me," added an older son whose 
desire for privacy has seemed to 
have gone unfulfilled in rather close 
quarters under this roof. 

After this discussion the bedtime 
routine seemed to carry a melodv 



which held a staccato "move over." 
Mother couldn't throw it off. The 
Word of God enjoins believers to 
live "in honour preferring one an- 
other" (Rom. 12:10). This admoni- 
tion must be needed, else God would 
not have given it to us. God never 
wastes words. There are times when 
self is hard pressed to yield in gra- 
cious love even to another believer. 

Mr. and Mrs. New Members were 
found to be very talented along cer- 
tain lines. Mrs. N. M.'s especial tal- 
ent is with the children and she'd be 
so happy to serve the Lord as a 
helper in that department. But Mrs. 
Pillar-of-the-Church takes a deep 
breath and a tighter hold on the 
reins of her department. After all. 




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she has run this end of the church 
work for many years. They were 
hard years, too. No one wanted to 
help her then. Now that the de- 
partment is on its feet and a credit to 
the church, thanks to her tireless 
efforts, no new upstart is going to 
usurp her rightful place. By the set 
of Mrs. P.'s lips one would think 
Mrs. N. M. wants to work against 
her labor of years. The "green-eyed 
monster" has blinded Mrs. P.'s eyes 
to the sweetness and real spiritual 
character of Mrs. N. M. Oh, Mrs. 
Pillar, 77ioue over, and enjoy the fel- 
lowship of labor with your new sis- 
ter in the Lord. 

Have you heard about that new 
pastor in the district? He is "tops" 
in organizing and keeping people 
busy and happy. He just makes 
everyone feel so important. Some of 
Pastor Not-So-New's congregation 
have cast a wishful eye in the direc- 
tion of Pastor New. Take courage. 



Pastor Not-So-New, and give God 
your best. You will only have to 
give an account of your own stew- 
ardship. Perhaps you are stronger 
in the pulpit than he, or a bit more 
steady when the winds blow fierce 
on your bark. Of course a new 
broom sweeps clean, but an old 
broom is unexcelled for getting into 
corners. Be gracious and move over! 
There is room and need for you both. 

A lovely Mistress-of-the-Manse 
sat down one day to take some per- 
sonal inventory. "The muscles of 
my face ache from having to smile 
so much when there are times when 
I'd rather tell them offl So much is 
expected of me here. Believe me, 
they don't get away with such tactics 
on Mrs. Pastor's Wife in that other 
church. What does she have that I 
don't have? She seems to know ex- 
actly how to get along with all her 
husband's 'bosses.' She is so tal- 
ented, too. Well, she ought to be 
useful. After aU, she's not nearly as 
tied down as I am. I just don't seem 
to make a ripple in the pond, while 
her accomplishments for God are 
phenomenal. And I must admit she's 
sweet and humble about her suc- 
cesses. Guess I'm cut out to be a 
little nobody." Relax, dear Mistress- 
of-the-Manse, and move over! There 
is room for you both in your Father's 
vineyard. Each in your own way 
and according to your talents bears 
fruit. Why not leave the end results 
unto Him? "Shall the thing formed 
say to him that formed it. Why hast 
thou made me thus?" (Rom. 9:20). 

Move over, Paul Kent. Your sis- 
ter is just as necessary to the heart- 
beat of this home as you are. Move 
over, saint of God. The influence of 
your life will go out in ever-widen- 
ing testimony as you pull with others 
in the work of Christ. Move over, 
undershepherd! "Now there are di- 
versities of gifts, but the same Spir- 
it" (I Cor. 12:4). More over, shep- 
herdess! "For the body is not one 
member, but many. If the foot shall 
say. Because I am not the hand . . . 
And if the ear shall say. Because I 
am not the eye . . . And if they were 
all one member, where were the 
body? But now are they many 
members, yet but one body" (I Cor. 
12:14-20). " 

"And yet shew I unto you a more 
excellent way . . . And now abideth 
faith, hope, charity [love], these 
three: but the greatest of these is 
charity [love]" (I Cor. 12:31: 13:13). 
Love and MOVE OVER. 



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A Suggestion to Pastors 

Probably for the first time in the history of the church 
people are gathering by the thousands to consider man- 
uscripts and textual problems of the Bible. The fact 
that so many people all over the country will listen to all 
these technical discussions is encouraging, for it shows 
they are interested in the history and text of the Bible. 
Pastors should take advantage of this interest and offer 
their people a brief course in the history of the English 
Bible.— P. B. 



Books on the History of the Bible 

Probably the best inexpensive book for the layman on 
the story of the English Bible is "Our Bible: How We 
Got It," by Dr. Charles Leach. This book includes "Ten 
Reasons Why I Believe the Bible Is the Word of God," by 
Dr. R. A. Toi'rey, a helpful addition to Christian work- 
ers' libraries. The cost is 35c. For a more extended 
study, "General Biblical Introduction," by Rev. H. S. 
Miller, is the most complete nontechnical discussion 
available. This book is especially valuable for pastors 
and teachers. It contains over 400 pages and sells for 
$3.75. While it is a bit too early to recommend books 
or brochures dealing with the Revised Standard Version, 
the best book available thus far, of which we have 
knowledge, is "Revision or New Translation?" by Dr. 
Oswald T. Allis. This book deals with the New Testa- 
ment only and sells for $2 a copy. A second volume 
on the Old Testament is now in the course of prepara- 
tion. Each of these books may be secured through the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Company. As others are 
available they will be mentioned in these columns. — P. B. 



Seminary Staff Member to Take Part in 
Archeological Expedition 

Mr. John Rea, instructor in Bible and archeology at 
Grace Seminary, has been invited by Dr. Joseph Free, 
of Wheaton College, to participate this spring in the 
archeological excavations at the site of the ancient Bib- 
lical city of Dothan. Mr. Rea joins the staff as a sur- 
veyor, and has a unique background of training that 
well qualifies him for his task. In 1948 he graduated 
from Princeton University, with Phi Beta Kappa honors, 
in the field of mechanical engineering. In 1951 he grad- 
uated from Grace Theological Seminary, receiving the 
B. D. degree, after which he attended the Wheaton Col- 
lege Graduate School of Religion, receiving his M. A. in 
the field of Biblical archeology in 1952. Mr. Rea left New 
York February 15 with the Wheaton Bible Cruise. The 
party, under the direction of Dr. Free, will first proceed 
to Naples, Italy, for a visit to the ruins of the ancient city 



A FACULTY STATEMENT REGARDING THE NEW 
REVISED STANDARD VERSION 

Numerous inquiries have come to members of 
the faculty of Grace Theological Seminary for an 
evaluation of the new translation of the Bible 
named, "The Revised Standard Version," and spon- 
sored by the National Council of Churches. In 
response we desire to say that the entire faculty is 
uniting in a thorough examination of this version, 
and plan to devote a large part of an early issue of 
the Brethren Missionary Herald to a series of 
articles dealing with various aspects of this impor- 
tant matter. However, on the basis of our study 
thus far we are convinced that several things can 
be said immediately with assurance. 

First, while we recognize that the Revised Stand- 
ard Version does have some values, nevertheless 
we feel strongly that its demerits far outweigh 
these values and indicate a gravely serious bias in 
the direction of inodern religious liberalism. This 
bias is very clearly apparent in the treatment of 
passages which deal with the deity and virgin birth 
of our Lord. 

Second, we recommend that the churches con- 
tinue to use the translation commonly known as 
the "King James Version" in both public worship 
and private study. Where help is desired in mak- 
ing clearer any obscure passages, we urge the use 
of the well-known American Standard Version of 
1901, and also Biblical notes prepared by men who 
have a reputation for devout and believing Chris- 
tian scholarship. 

Third, we cannot do other than deplore the man- 
ner in which the new version was introduced to 
the general public, the attempts made to secure its 
approval before there was opportunity for even a 
casual e.xamination, and the determined drive to 
make it an "authorized" translation for Protestant 
churches. In saying this, we gladly recognize the 
right of any man or group of men to issue a trans- 
lation of the Scriptures, but any such translation 
should win approval in the churches and among 
Christians on its merits, not by any ecclesiastical 
mandate. 

THE FACULTY, 
Grace Theological Seminary. 

December 5, 1952. 



of Pompeii. From there they go to Alexandria, Egypt 
and then to Beirut, the capited of Lebanon. After visit- 
ing Damascus the party's headquarters will be at Jeru- 
salem. The archeological work will be undertaken frorr 
the middle of March to the middle of June. They expect 
to arrive home about June 16 from England. — P. B. 



NOTE ON ABBREVIATIONS 

In the following articles KJV refers to our well-knowr 
King James Version of 1611. The letters ASV refer tc 
the American Standard Version of 1901. The letters 
RSV refer to the new Revised Standard Version recently 
issued bv the National Council of Churches. 



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Should the Churches Accept the Revised Standard Version? 

Introduction by Dr. Alva J. McClain, President of Grace Theological Seminary 



Freedom of Speech 

We do not question the right of any man or group of 
men to make a translation of the Bible. Of all the citi- 
zens of this country, we who believe in the infallible 
Word of God should be the first to resist any abridge- 
ment of liberty. For, if this precious freedom should 
ever be lost, we would be the first to suffer, because the 
children of God are still a minority group even in free 
America. 

But if the National Council of Churches had a right to 
sponsor the publication of a new version of the Scrip- 
tures, then the rest of us outside that religious organiza- 
tion also have some rights — we have a right to evaluate 
and criticize their work. And we sincerely believe, after 
careful consideration, that the Revised Standard Version 
contains a great deal that should be criticized. As a 
matter of fact, the translators of this version seem to 
have expected that their work would be criticized, judg- 
ing from the second paragraph of their Preface. 



Danger of Hasty Evaluation 

In some of the earliest evaluations of the new version, 
the faculty of Grace Seminary feel that sometimes opin- 
ions were expressed hastily, both bj' defenders and 
critics, without sufficient study of the material. This 
was probably to be expected, since no opportunity what- 
ever was given by the sponsors for examination of the 
new version in its completed form before final release 
to the public. And the moment it appeared, readers 
began to press for opinions as to its value. Even many 
of those who most staunchly defended it had to speak 
their initial praise before they had read it. 

As soon as copies could be secured, the entire version 
was read quickly by the seminary faculty as a body, and 
a general Preliminary Statement was issued. Then cer- 
tain aspects of the version were assigned to individual 
teachers, in accordance with the particular field of inter- 
est and specialization as far as possible. The following 
articles represent the results of these studies, and more 
than justify the Preliminary Statement, which is being 
reprinted in this issue of the Herald for the benefit of 
any who may not have read it before. 



The Great Protestant Division 

It is no secret that the Protestant world today is 
sharply divided into two absolutely different theological 
camps. On the one side we have those who hold firmly 
to all the great fundamental truths of Biblical Christian- 
ity, called by various names — Conservatives, Evangel- 
icals, Fundamentalists. On the other side are those who 
either reject one or more of these great truths or regard 
them as nonessential opinions, called Liberals, Modern- 
ists, Barthians, Neo-Orthodox. Between these two the- 
ological camps there is a gulf so deep and vast that it 
cannot be bridged by soft words or slogans of peace and 
unity. The editor of the liberal Christian Century put 
the matter very clearly when he said several yeai-s ago 
that the differences were so great that the two camps 
did not even worship the same God! In this opinion, I 
think, this modernistic editor was right, for once. 

Now it is an astounding fact that the overwhelming 
majority of the translation committee were men who by 



their own profession belong to the Modernistic Liberal 
camp. Nothing like this ever happened before in all the 
long history of the great English translations of the 
Bible. In the well-known versions of 1611, 1886, and 
1901, the sponsors took great pains to assemble large 
translation committees with scholars representing all 
important religious parties and viewpoints. But on the 
translation committee of the recent RSV conservative 
scholarship had practically no voice at all; certainly no 
effective voice. Of the two members who might have 
spoken for Christian orthodoxy, one died in 1934 and the 
other resigned in 1938; and since the work on the RSV 
began in 1930, was suspended in 1932 for lack of money, 
and was not resumed until 1937, it is clear that neither 
of these men could have had much to do with the final 
product. Furthermore, the total committee was 32, and 
decisions were made by a two-thirds vote. Hence no 
one can deny that this new version was made by just 
one theological party in Christendom. 



This Version Will Deepen the Division 

The "loading" of the translation committee with Mod- 
ernists must have been deliberate. On any other basis 
it is impossible to account for such a lopsided commit- 
tee. One wonders about the ethics involved, especially 
in the light of a statement made by Dr. Irwin, of the 
University of Chicago, on behalf of the translation com- 
mittee, who said, "There is no place for theology in Bible 
translation. . . . Linguistic science knows no theology; 
those of most contradictory views can meet on common 
ground." Personally. I do not think this is true. But if 
Dr. Irwin and his colleagues believed it was true, then 
we may ask how it happened that his committee almost 
to a man was made up of the bitterest kind of partisans 
on one side of the greatest division that Protestantism 
has ever seen? Things like that do not happen by acci- 
dent. Of course, the sponsors of the RSV will probably 
reply that conservative Protestantism has no scholars. 
And such a reply is the best evidence of their unreason- 
able partisanship. 

With these facts as a background, we may wonder 
what becomes of the impassioned pleas of the Liberals 
for unity in the churches! Does anyone suppose that 
the way to create unity is to kick your opponent in the 
face? If the sponsors of the new version had been gen- 
uinely interested in spiritual unity, they have missed the 
greatest opportunity they ever had really to do some- 
thing that would count in that direction. For it has been 
historically demonstrated that the general use of one 
common version of the Bible can do more for the cause 
of genuine Christian unity than all the shouting and 
organizations to further the cause of ecumenics. On the 
other hand, there is nothing which can possibly do more 
to deepen and make permanent the existing division 
than the adoption of a Bible translation which the con- 
servatives can never accept. It is very likely that the 
sponsors of the RSV knew exactly what they were doing. 
The prophet Micah has a way of describing such reli- 
gious leaders: "Thus saith the Lord concerning the 
prophets that make my people err, that bite with their 
teeth, and cry, Peace" (3:5). You should see what the 
RSV has done to this text! 



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The Theological Bias of the RSV Translators 



By Dr. Paul R. Bauman, Vice President 




Dr. Bauman 



When, on September 30. 1952. the Revised Standard 
Version (RSV) of the Bible was released to the public 
with much ado by the National Council of the Churches 
of Christ in the U. S. A.. Prof. W. A. Irwin, of the Uni- 
versity of Chicago, speaking for the translation commit- 
tee, made this astonishing statement: "The 
fact must be stressed that there is no place 
for theology in Bible translation. . . . Lin- 
guistic science knows no theology" (Intro, 
to RSV of O. T., p. 14). Anyone who has 
done the very simplest kind of translation 
work, even in the classroom, must realize 
that such a statement is both misleading 
and false. That this indictment is not too 
severe will be clearly realized as one con- 
siders the way some of the important doc- 
trinal passages of the Bible were translated by them. It 
is not the purpose of this article to deal with such pas- 
sages which reveal the theological bias of the RSV 
translation. That task has been accomplished by others 
whose articles appear in this paper. It is. rather, my 
task to tell who these men are. and to show from their 
mouths something of their theological bias so that the 
reader may decide for himself why they translated as 
they did. 

While it should be recognized that in certain cases the 
RSV translators faced a choice between two English 
words, either of which might properly represent the 
meaning of the particular word in the original language, 
the question arises: Just why did they sometimes choose 
the words that rob many precious passages of the mean- 
ing they have carried for centuries, especially when 
the choice of one of the other allowable words would 
preserve the harmony between an Old Testament pas- 
sage of Scripture and its quotation by a New Testament 
writer? The answer is. they are not interested in the 
unity of Scripture, for they neither believe it to be fully 
and verbally inspired, nor do they accept some of its 
precious doctrines. As a result, they chose not the 
words that would maintain the harmony of Scripture, 
but rather those which most nearly harmonize with their 
own liberal theological views. A few quotations from 
some of their writings will serve to show where they 
stand doctrinally. Then let us judge them "out of their 
own mouths" and as we have occasion elsewhere to 
examine some of their translations. 

One of the well-known revisers listed on the commit- 
tee is Edgar J. Goodspeed, of the Universitj- of Chicago. 
The following quotations from his book entitled, "How to 
Read the Bible," will suffice to show his attitude toward 
its inspiration. 

Concerning the possibility of predictive prophecy. 
Goodspeed says, "The prophets w-ere not predictors of 
future events but spokesmen for morality and reforma- 
tion" (p. 11). 

Concerning the Book of Ruth, Goodspeed says. "The 
little idyl of Ruth followed Judges in the Bible, only 



because its story falls in the daj's of the Judges. But it 
belongs to Israel's fiction, rather than to its history, and 
should be read among its tales and stories" (p. 51). 

Concerning Job. Goodspeed says. "We must think of 
the bcoks of the Bible which are fiction, that is. short 
stories' (p. 147). Again, "This must at once infoiin 
every reader that he (Job) is an ideal figure, and the 
setting of the drama is religious fiction" (p. 147). 

Concerning Jonah. Goodspeed says. "Jonah is the first 
missionary book in the world. If people would recognize 
it as ficaon. they might get from it its meaning, which 
was never more needed than today" (p. 149). 

Another member of the committee was James Mofifatt 
(now deceased), of Union Theological Seminary, and 
translator of the well-known Moffatt Bible in modern 
speech. A single quotation will reveal his attitude 
toward inspiration: "We also know that the New Testa- 
ment writers attached a meaning to some Old Testament 
prophecies which was unhistorical. . . . Historical criti- 
cism has rendered a true service to Christianity by re- 
lieving it of the necessity of accepting literally such 
attempts. . . . Predictions . . . like that of the millennium 
in the Book of the Revelation are due to some passing 
mood of faith in a particular age" (The Approach to the 
N. T.. London, 1922, pp. 85-86). 

A third reviser was Prof. William A. Irwin, of Chicago 
University. In his book, "The Prophets and Their 
Times." he boldly manifests his rank infidelity by placing 
the inspiration of pagan writers on a par with those of 
the Bible. He says: "Our study has sufficed to show how- 
commonplace — in the better sense of this much-abused 
term — was the experience from which they came with 
flaming certitude to announce, 'Thus saith the Lord.' 
They heard and saw God in the common things of every 
day. But so have hosts of men done in all ages and all 
races: only bigotry could bring us to deny an equal 
validity with the prophets of Israel in the religious vision 
of men such as Zoroaster or Ikhnaton or on a low-er level, 
the unnamed thinkers of ancient Babylon." Again: 
"The prophets were forced by the disasters that befell 
to do some hard and painful thinking. They were forced 
by the history of their own times to I'evise their mes- 
sages again and again in order to keep with the prog- 
ress of the age. The Assyrians and Babylonians forced 
them to revise theii- conception of Yehweh (Jehovah) 
from time to time until they finally made him God of the 
universe" (p. 325). 

Frederick C. Eiselen, late president of Garrett Biblical 
Institute, wrote in Christianity Today: "Modern investi- 
gators . . . have marshaled too inany facts to permit any 
longer the use of the Bible as an infallible guide in mat- 
ters of science and history. . . . The writers did the best 
of which they were capable under the intellectual limi- 
tations of the age in which they lived" (pp. 42-43) 

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Theological Seminary, New York, in his book, "The Lit- 
erature of the Old Testament," says concerning the 
chronology of Moses in the Pentateuch: "However accu- 
rate they may seem to be, they turn out to be altogether 
unreliable . . . not handed down by any reliable tradition 
but ... as an adaptation of an early Babylonian chrono- 
logical scheme" (p. 265). 

Millar Burrows, professor of Bible, Yale University 
Divinity School, in his "Outline of Biblical Theology," 
says: "The distinction between religious and nonreligious 
areas of truth does not dispose of all the errors in the 
Bible. Even in matters of religious concern the Bible is 
by no means of uniform value thi'oughout. Not only 
are false ideas expressed, wrong practices are sanctioned. 
. . . We cannot take the Bible as a whole and in every 
part as stating with divine authority what we must be- 
lieve and do" (pp. 47, 50). 

A perusal of the books written by other members of 
the committee would produce similar testimony. One 
of the number, Harry M. Orlinsky, a professor at the 
Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, is not a pro- 
fessing Christian at all. An adherent to the Jewish re- 
ligion, he is a Unitarian and, as such, would never be 
expected to favor a translation which would point to an 
organic unity between the Old and New Testaments. 

What is true of the attitude of most of the members 
of the committee toward inspiration is likewise true of 
their attitude toward many of the precious doctrines of 
the Bible, including the Person of Christ, His Virgin 
Birth, His Atonement, and His Resurrection. Quotations 



could be multiplied but space forbids. The following 
statement, however, from the pen of Prof. Henry J. Cad- 
bury, of Harvard University, wUl show that at least one 
translator either questions the sanity of Chi-ist or the 
inspiration of some of the things that He said: "Much of 
the most appreciative writing about Him (Jesus) runs 
the risk of putting Him into the introvert class. Indeed, 
as is well-known, the emphasis of orthodoxy upon his 
messianic claims and messianic consciousness led some 
psychiatrists to doubt his sanity" (p. 8). 

Such quotations reveal the true heart of the men who 
composed the translation committee of the RSV. What 
can be expected of them but a version which will con- 
form as nearly as possible to their perverted theological 
views. Long ago, God directed Jeremiah to characterize 
the false prophets of his day and to warn his people to 
avoid them. This ancient warning is as greatly needed 
today as it was 2,500 years ago: "Thus saith the Lord of 
hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that 
prophesy unto you; they make you vain: they speak a 
vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of 
the Lord. ... he that hath my word, let him speak my 
word faithfully. ... Is not my word like as a fu-e? saith 
the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in 
pieces? Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, 
saith the Lord, that steal my words every one from his 
neighbour. Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the 
Lord, that use their tongues, and say. He saith. . . . for 
ye have perverted the words of the living God, of the 
Lord of hosts our God" (Jer. 23:16, 28-31, 36). 



The Attitude of the RSV Translators Toward the Holy Scriptures 

By Dr. Herman A. Hoyf, Dean and Professor of New Testament and Greek 






Regarding the worth of the Bible, the makers of the 
new Revised Standard Version (RSV) undoubtedly be- 
lieve some things with which we can agree. For in- 
stance, they believe that the Bible is a historical docu- 
ment worth preserving, a very great literary heritage, a 
unique spiritual contribution to 
society, and a moral factor of vast 
influence in human history. 

But this is far from the whole 
story. To get the more complete 
picture of their view of Scripture, 
it is necessary to go beyond the 
rather pious language used in the 
Preface and Introductions to their 
new translation. This picture ap- 
pears clearly in their various 
writings through the years. The 
following quotations are a few °''- "°>^ 

specimens from some of the translators: James Moffatt 
says, "The New Testament writers attached a meaning 
to some Old Testament prophecies which was unhistor- 
ical." Julius A. Bewer says that some things in the 
Old Testament "are altogether unreliable." Frederick 
C. Eiselsen says that we now have "marshalled too many 
facts to permit any longer the use of the Bible as an in- 
fallible guide." Millar Burrows speaks of "Errors in 
the Bible" and that in the Bible "Not only are false ideas 
expressed, wrong practices are sanctioned." These quo- 
tations are representative of the attitude of by far the 
large majority of the RSV committee. 




It should not be surprising, therefore, to find in the 
new RSV many indications of the very low opinion of 
Biblical inspiration held by most of these men who 
translated it. What they have done in their translation 
is the surest key to the meaning of their fair words 
uttered in the Preface to it. Let us consider: 

I. THEIR VARIOUS LITERARY DEVICES 

One of the innovations of the RSV is the introduction 
of quotation marks to indicate where there is a direct 
quotation from some speaker whether God or man. Al- 
though quotation marks can be an aid to interpretation, 
sometimes there is a difference of opinion in certain 
passages as to whether the writer of Scripture is speak- 
ing or whether he is quoting someone else. And, of 
course, there are no quotation marks in the oi-iginal Bib- 
lical documents. In the case of the much-beloved pas- 
sage in John 3:16 which most of us have always regarded 
as coming from the lips of our Lord Jesus Himself, the 
RSV, by the introduction of quotation marks, has ended 
the speech of our Lord at the end of verse 15. Thus, in 
the RSV, John 3:16 is simply from the pen of John. Of 
course this does not mean that the words are not in- 
spired, but there does seem to be a distinct loss in think- 
ing of them as not having been spoken originally by our 
Lord Himself. 

By changes in the use of pronouns the RSV transla- 
tors have also raised questions as to the deity of Christ 
in the case of many New Testament passages. The 
translators of the RSV inform us that they will change 



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the older pronouns "thee" and "'thou" to the more mod- 
ern forms of "you" and "your" "except in language ad- 
dressed to God." Then we find that with very few ex- 
ceptions they use "you" and "your" in connection with 
our Lord Jesus Christ, thus raising a very serious ques- 
tion as to His deiiy. 

By the device of paraphrase (a roundabout way of 
saying something) the RSV translators were able in 
places to weave their own ideas into the Scriptures. For 
example, in Matthew 1:2 (KJV) the words "Abraham 
begat Isaac." are rendered by the new version, "Abra- 
ham was the father of Isaac." Here it is obvious that 
four English words are used by the RSV to translate a 
single Greek word where one English word would have 
been enough as in the KJV. But what is worse, the 
four English words in the RSV do not accurately repre- 
sent the original Greek. The original Greek in this 
place, and throughout the entire genealogy, does not 
contain the word "was," nor the word "father," nor the 
preposition "of." More than that, these four words "was 
the father of" do not convey the precise meaning of the 
Greek verb for "begat." 

Furthermore, marginal notes have been introduced 
into the RSV which may throw the average reader into 
mental confusion. This is certainly true of the footnote 
appended to Matthew 1:16 which reads "other ancient 
authorities read Joseph, to whom was betrothed the vir- 
gin Mary, was the father of Jesus who is called Christ." 
This footnote is practically without any important basis 
in textual evidence (for a full discussion of this foot- 
note see Dr. McClain's article on "The Virgin Birth in 
the Revised Standard Version" on page 138). 

II. DELETION OF DISPUTED PASSAGES 

Certainly a great number of devout Christian readers 
of the Bible will be puzzled and disappointed to find the 
very familiar passages in Mark 16:9-20 and in John 7:53- 
8:11 have been removed entirely from the text of the 
new RSV. It is true, of course, that scholars have held 
various attitudes toward these two passages. 

The more conservative scholars have never been con- 
vinced that these passages do not belong to the original 
text of the Bible. Therefore they have left them as they 
appear in our KJV with or without marginal note, for 
the reason that they found in these passages much pre- 
cious truth and also nothing contrary to the other Scrip- 
tures. 

Less conservative scholars have felt that these two 
passages should be bracketed with some note in the 
margin. For example, the translators of the American 
Standard Version (ASV) of 1901 followed this procedure 
in the case of the passage in John, but with only a note 
in the case of the Mark passage. 

The more liberal scholars felt that these two passages 
should be removed from the regular Bible text and 
placed in the margin with an explanatory note. This 
scheme has been followed by the RSV. 

The most radical position would be to remove the 
passages both from the text of Scripture and also from 
any marginal reference. This has not yet been done 
but it may be the next thing in order by modernistic 
scholarship. 

If the textual evidence were absolutely conclusive 
that these two passages are not parts of the original 
Scriptures, then no translator would have any hesita- 



tion in removing them from the Bible. But if the Bible 
is only the word of man, of course such conclusive evi- 
dence is not necessary. And knowing the modernistic 
viewpoint of the RSV translators it is understandable 
how they might be influenced by evidence that is not 
conclusive. 

III. CREATION OF THEIR OWN ORIGINAL TEXT 

Perhaps the clearest evidence that the RSV translators 
do not believe the Scriptures to be the verbally inspired 
Word of God is the way they have treated the Hebrew 
text of the Old Testament. In 1,027 cases, where the 
Hebrew text was before them, these translators deliber- 
ately chose to follow some other text. These particular 
cases have been noted in the margin of the RSV. But 
some other cases have already been discovered where 
the Hebrew text has been wholly set aside in favor of 
some other reading, but with no marginal note to indi- 
cate the source of it. Only careful investigation will 
finally reveal the number of places in the Old Testament 
where this has happened. Dr. Allan A. MacRae, presi- 



Within this awful volume lies 
The mystery of mysteries: 
Happiest they of human race. 
To whom their God has given grace 
To read, to fear, to hope, to pray. 
To lift the latch, to force the way; 
But better had they ne'er been born 
Who read to doubt, or read to scorn. 

— Sir Walter Scott. 



dent of Faith Theological Seminary, a very competent 
Old Testament scholar, has declared: "I cannot trust a 
single passage in the RSV Old Testament unless I have 
before me also my Hebrew Bible." 

It is interesting to notice where other versions have 
been followed by the RSV, even so far as going to one 
of the apocryphal books. In 10 cases the apociyphal 
book of I Esdras has been followed. One hundred times 
the RSV translators resorted to the Syriac, Vulgate, 
Targums, etc. In no less than 279 instances the Septua- 
gint is followed when it is supported by other versions. 
And 291 times the Septuagint alone was the basis of the 
RSV translation. 

Conjectural changes in the Hebrew text is the most 
amazing phenomenon. In 347 places the RSV transla- 
tors followed neither the Hebrew nor any version, but 
simply guessed at what the text should be, and then 
translated their own guesswork. In these particular 347 
places the RSV has placed in the margin a mark "en" 
which indicates what they have done. By their own 
admission, however, there are other places where they 
have resorted to conjecture and placed no note in the 
margin to inform the readers. 

The large freedom with which these men went about 
their task, interpolating, correcting, ignoring, removing, 
paraphrasing, and perverting important and sometimes 
great sections of Scripture, indicates clearly the low 
view these men held of Holy Scripture. 

IV. NOW WE KNOW WHAT THEY MEAN 

With the above facts in mind, the reader of the RSV 
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appear in the Preface to the new version on page 10: "It 
(the Bible) is a record of God's dealing with men, of 
God's revelation of Himself and His will. It records the 
life and work of Him in whom the Word of God became 
flesh and dwelt among us. . . . It is our hope and our 
earnest prayer that this Revised Standard Version of the 
Bible may be used by God to speak to men in these 
momentous times, and to help them to understand and 
believe and obey His Word." 

If the translators were something other than scholars 
one could pass by the above quoted words as the imper- 
fect attempt to say something good about the Bible as 
the written Word of God. But knowing them as scholars 
whose liberal leanings are so pronounced, it must be 
concluded that they wrote precisely what they meant, 
and they did not mean that the Bible is the Word of God. 
It is "a record," and only a record, a record of God's 
dealings with men, of God's revelation of Himself and 
His will, of Christ who became flesh. But to them it is 
not the written revelation of God to men. In short, to 
them, it is not the Word of God. Within this record you 
will find the Word of God, but it maj' not be the same to 



you as to someone else, nor will it always be the same to 
you in every place. And you will never be quite sure 
when it is the Word of God. This is evidently what they 
mean. 

Therefore, the most the translators can do as they 
send the new version forth is hope and pray that the 
new translation will help the reader "'to understand and 
believe and obey His Word." By this they did not mean 
that the Bible is the Word of God. They merely meant 
that the new translation may become an aid whereby 
the reader will be able to discern the Word of God, or 
recognize the Word of God in some very abstract sense 
as he reads the new version. What is wrong with this? 
Well, if in his reading he does not find the Word of God, 
then he cannot obey it. And if he does not obey it, he 
must continue to grope his way along ever hoping that 
in some mysterious way God will reveal His Word and 
His will to him. By means of this clever stratagem, if 
indeed it may be called clever, the translators have 
maneuvered themselves and all those who follow them 
into the perilous position of being unable to find the 
Word of God. and being unable to recognize it if they did. 



The Deety of Christ in the RSV Old TestomeBit' 

By John C. Whil-comb, Jr., Assistant Professor in Old Testament 




The Lord Jesus Christ said that the entire Old Testa- 
ment is filled with teachings concerning Himself (Luke 
24:27, 44). As we examine the Old Testament passages 
that point to the coming Messiah, we see that one of the 
most vital truths revealed about the Messiah was the fact 
of His deity. Many Old Testa- 
ment passages clearly teach 
that the Messiah was GOD, 
sharing all the attributes of 
Jehovah. 

But it is a mistake to think 
that the precious truth of 
Christ's deity in the Old Tes- 
tament is confined to a few 
"proof texts." The fact is that 
this doctrine is woven into the 
very fabric of the Old Testa- 
ment. It may be seen in the f™*- w'^"™™!^ 
line of prophecy concerning the Messiah from Genesis 
to Malachi; in the entire sacrificial system of the Jews; 
in the mysterious appearances of the Angel of Jehovah; 
and in the unfulfilled history and destiny of the Jewish 
nation. It is not an exaggeration to say that the Old 
Testament is a meaningless puzzle if the Messiah, Jesus 
Ckrist, be not GOD in human flesh. 

The apparent attempt, therefore, on the part of the 
translators of the Revised Standard Version (RSV) to 
eliminate the deity of Christ from the Old Testament by 
twisting certain "proof texts," not only fails utterly in 
its purpose, but serves to reveal most strikingly the 
liberal theology of these translators. A few examples 
will show how the RSV treats the Eternal Son of God 
in the Old Testament. 

TEXTS WHERE CHRIST IS CALLED GOD 

There are four Old Testament passages where Christ 
is spoken of as GOD, which the RSV has translated in 
such a way as to make Christ a mere man: 



Psalm 2:7 in the King James Version (KJV) reads: 
"The LORD hath said unto me. Thou art my Son; this 
day have I begotten thee." This verse is quoted in He- 
brews 1:5 to show that Christ is GOD. But the RSV 
changes Psalm 2:7 to read: "He said to me, 'You are my 
son, today I have begotten you.' " Notice that "thou" 
and "thee" have been changed to "you." The reason for 
the change of pronoun forms is stated by the RSV com- 
mittee in their Introdxiction to the Revised Standard 
Version of the Neio Testament, as follows: "It was de- 
cided to abandon these forms ["thee" and "thou"] and 
to follow modern usage, except in language addressed to 
God" (p. 56). When the new version translates Hebrews 
1:5, however, it uses the wox'ds "thee" and "thou," be- 
cause it is obvious that the author of Hebrews intended 
to use Psalm 2:7 as a proof of the deity of Christ. The 
reader is thus left with the impression that the author of 
Hebrevv's misquoted and misapplied Psalm 2:7! 

Psalm 45:6 in the KJV reads: "Thy throne, O God, is 
for ever and ever." In Hebrews 1:8 this verse is quoted 
to show that Christ is the ETERNAL GOD. But the 
RSV translates Psalm 45:6 to read: "Your divine throne 
endures for ever and ever." In this way, the RSV at- 
tempts to remove Christ's deity from the verse by chang- 
ing the possessive pronoun from "thy" to "your," and by 
changing the title "God" into the adjective "divine" and 
applying it to the throne instead of to Christ Himself! 

Psalm 110:1 in the KJV reads: "The LORD said unto 
my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine 
enemies thy footstool." This is quoted by our Saviour 
in Matthew 22:45 to show that He is not only the seed 
of David, but also the Lord and God of David. But the 
RSV changes Psalm 110:1 to read: "The LORD says to 
my lord: 'Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies 
your footstool.' " Notice that the second "lord" is begun 
with a small letter! Here again, with absolutely no 
basis in the Hebrew text for such a change, the RSV 
translators assume that we have the words of an un- 



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known psalmist assuring David ("my lord") that God 
will give him protection and victory! If the RSV is right, 
then our Lord Jesus Christ was wrong in using this 
verse as an Old Testament prophecy of His own deity! 

Psalm 110:4 in the KJV reads: "Thou art a priest for 
ever after the order of Melchizedek." This text is quoted 
in Hebrews 7:17 to show that Christ is the ETERNAL 
HIGH PRIEST. But the RSV changes Psalm 110;4 to 
read: "The LORD has sworn and will not change his 
mind, 'You are a priest for ever after the order of Mel- 
chizedek.' " Here again the change from "thou" to "you" 
removes from the verse our Lord's deity. 

TEXTS WHICH TEACH CHRIST'S ETERNITY 

There are two Old Testament passages which teach 
the eternal existence of Christ, which the RSV has 
changed so that they now teach, in the new version, that 
Christ was created and had an origin in time! 

Micah 5:2 in the KJV reads: "Out of thee shall he 
come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose 
goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." 
But the RSV changes the meaning to read: "From you 
shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, 
whose origin is from of old, from ancient days." Here the 



RSV changes "goings forth" to "origin"; and it changes 
"from everlasting" to "from ancient days." This is an 
obvicus attempt to rob Christ of His eternal preexist- 
ence, and to present Him as a mere creature! 

Proverbs 8:22 in the K. J. V. reads: "The LORD pos- 
sessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works 
of old." But the RSV changes the translation to: "The 
LORD created me at the beginning of his work, the first 
of his acts of old." Here the RSV changes "possessed" 
to "created"; and changes "before his works of old" to 
"the first of his acts of old," thus making the verse to 
teach that Christ is a mere creature, the product of the 
first of God's acts! In neither Micah 5:2 nor in Proverbs 
8:22 is there a basis in the Hebrew text for such changes. 

Finally, the deity of Christ has been attacked in Zech- 
ariah 12:10, Psalm 2:11, Jeremiah 23:6, and Isaiah 48:16 
by mistranslations in the RSV. It should be clear to 
any honest student of the Scriptures that this version 
is utterly biased and undepeiidable in its translation of 
the Old Testament inessianic passages. Therefore, it 
should not be used by those who desire to know what the 
Word of God actually says in its original languages. In 
spite of the RSV, however, Christians may rejoice in the 
assurance that the truth of our Lord's words still re- 
mains: "The scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:35). 



The Deity of Christ in the RSV New Testament 

By Homer A. Kent, Jr., Assistant Professor in New Testament and Greek 




Prof. Kent 



Has the deity of Jesus Chiist been removed from the 
New Testament by those who produced the Revised 
Standard Version? (N. T. section, 1946; reissued with 
80 changes, 1952.) This question has been frequently 
asked in recent months, and the conflicting answers re- 
veal a problem deinanding our 
attention. 

The teaching that Jesus Christ 
is the eternal Son of God does 
not depend on a few isolated 
passages here and there, but is 
reflected throughout the New 
Testament. In spite of numer- 
ous Bible revisions and modern 
speech versions which have ap- 
peared during the last 50 years, 
prepared chiefly by men whose 
views are at least questionable, the devout Christian 
need not fear an ultimate eradication of Christ's deity. 
No translation can remove that which is woven in count- 
less ways into the narrative. As long as the version re- 
mains a translation, that doctrine is secure, for only a 
completely new book could destroy this matchless 
Person. 

However, the attitude of the translators toward the 
deity of Christ is undoubtedly reflected in their treat- 
ment of certain passages. 

I. THE "PRONOUN" PROBLEM 

The translators of RSV were confronted with the 
problem of the second personal pronoun forms "thou. 
thy, thee, thine." These forms have largely disappeared 
frcm modern English, and exist chiefly in the religious 
realm because of the influence of the King James Ver- 



sion (KJV). In order to make the Bible conform to 
modern speech, these forms presented a problem. After 
much debate, the RSV adopted the policy of abandoning 
all these pronoun forms except in language addressed to 
God. (The plural form "ye" was eliminated altogether.) 

But what was to be done when the pronoun refers to 
Christ? Was our Lord to be treated as God or man? Or 
was the translator to interpret the mind of the speaker 
in each case (a difficult task, to say the least) to deter- 
mine how much of Christ's divine nature was compre- 
hended? The policy as finally adopted uses the form 
"you" for all references to the incarnate Son of God (i. e. 
Jesus Christ during His earthly life), in order to safe- 
guard His true humanity, and "thou" when He is re- 
ferred to as the eternal Son apart from His incarnation. 

There is some question, however, as to the pronoun 
"thou" being a merely outworn word, left over from the 
days of the King James Version. According to many 
grammarians, this pronoun was not in use in common 
speech even then, and had been declining for several 
hundred years before. However, it was retained in the 
KJV because it so perfectly expressed the reverential 
spirit which the Bible maintains. That this "reverential 
spirit" is conveyed by these older pronouns is tacitly ad- 
mitted even by RSV, since its translators themselves 
retained these same pronouns where "God" is spoken of 
in the New Testament. 

II. SOME PASSAGES AFFECTED 

1. Matthew 16:16 provides one of the more notable 
instances where Jesus Christ is very clearly recognized 
by the speaker as deity, although the RSV translators 
have not so indicated. Hence Peter is made to say, "You 
are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Yet in an- 



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other text God the Father is made to say to this same 
incarnate Christ, "Thou art my beloved Son; with thee 
I am well pleased" (Mark 1:11 RSV). The revisers ex- 
cuse themselves by saying that other passages are close 
to Matthew 16:16 in thought, and hence the line between 
humanity and deity must be drawn somewhere, but the 
inconsistency of any such arbitrary ruling appears when 
Mark 1:11 is compared. 

2. Matthew 14:33, in the account of Jesus walking on 
the water and stilling the storm, records, "And those in 
the boat worshiped him, saying, 'Truly you are the Son 
of God.' " Such distinction between God the Father 
who may be addressed by the reverential "thou," and 
the Son who may be worshiped by men and yet ad- 
dressed as "you" cannot be expected to create a proper 
recognition of Christ's deity by the average reader. 

3. Mark 15:39 (cf. Matt. 27:54) records the statement 
of the centurion at the crucifixion, "Truly this man was 
a son of God." Tlie reader will recognize the change 
from the KJV which states "the Son of God." In the 
Greek this passage is ambiguous. There are no definite 
articles present, and therefore the translator must decide 
whether the term is a proper name (which would need 
no articles in the Greek) or is to be rendered with the 
English indefinite article "a." The translators of RSV 
have assumsd that the centurion was a polytheist and 
thus his testimony amounts to little. To be consistently 
literal, they should have translated "a son of a god." But 
this man was not necessarily a raw heathen whose com- 
ments rose no higher. He could have been brought to a 
recognition of Christ's true person from the events which 
had occurred. At least his statement must have had pro- 
found significance because it was recorded by two Gospel 
writers. To be fair and escape making an arbitrary de- 
cision on an ambiguous passage, the rendering could 
have been "God's Son" and no articles would be nec- 
essary. 

3. Romans 9:5 is an instance where the RSV transla- 
tors interpreted Paul's mind and altered a text which in 
the KJV attributes deity to Christ. Our KJV translates 
Paul's description: ". . . Christ came, who is over all. 




Above — Speakers at the Bible rally in the seminary 
building, from left to right: Dr. J. Barton Payne, pro- 
fessor of Old Testament at Bob Jones University; Dr. 
Daind Otis Fuller, pastor of the Wealthy Street Baptist 
Church in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Dr. Alva J. McClain, 
president of Grace Theological Seminary; Dr. Herman 
A. Hoyt, dean of Grace Seminary. 

February 28, 1953 



FACULTY SPEAKERS AVAILABLE 

The members of the Grace Seminary teaching staff 
can accept engagements to speak on "The History of 
Our English Bible" and give information on the Re- 
vised Standard Version. This can be done as time 
and traveling distance permits. They will be glad, 
3specially, to accept week-end engagements. In the 
near future it will be possible for some of them to 
illustrate their messages with slides. Churches in- 
terested may write the seminary or the individual 
teacher, addressing either at Winona Lake, Ind. 



God blessed for ever." The RSV repunctuates the sen- 
tence as a doxology: ". . . and of their race, according to 
the flesh, is the Christ. God who is over all be blessed 
forever." Since the RSV is called a revision, one would 
not expect an arbitrary change unless the Greek text 
demanded it, and such is not the case here. 

In all fairness to the RSV, it should be stated that two 
ether passages which clearly attribute deity to Christ, 
Titus 2:13 and II Peter 1:1, are left untouched by the 
translators. 

III. THE CONFUSION INTRODUCED 

The policy of RSV, although producing a Bible in 
modern speech, nevertheless does leave itself vulnerable 
to the following criticisms: 

1. A distinction in rank or reverence is suggested by 
the alternating of pronouns between the incarnate Christ 
and the Eternal Son of God, and between the Father and 
the Son. 

2. Old Testament passages which are quoted by the 
Neio Testament writers to prove the deity of Christ are 
translated inconsistently in certain instances. Hebrews 
1:5 (RSV), "Thou art my Son, today I have begotten 
thee," is a quotation of Psalm 2:7, "You are my son, to- 
day I have begotten you" (RSV). 

3. The lack of complete application of RSV policy has 
produced some renderings which can only be termed 
"confusing." In Mark 5:7 the demons, who recognize 
Christ's deity and submit completely to his power, are 
made to say by the RSV. "What have you to do with me, 
Jesus. Son of the Most High God?" Yet in Revelation 
18:14, where Babylon is addressed as a wicked woman 
with whom kings have committed fornication, the RSV 
reads: "The fruit for which thy soul longed has gone 
from thee, and all thy dainties and thy splendor are lost 
to thee." Since the RSV itself has established its own 
standard of reserving the reverential "thou" for God 
only, the confusion in these passages is astounding. 
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is addressed by the ordi- 
nary "you," while the reverential "thou" is applied to 
a harlot! Such confusion of principle reflects an inexact 
treatment of the New Testament text, and makes the 
RSV undependable. 





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The Virgin Birth in the Revised Standard Version 

By Dr. Alva J. McClain, Professor of Christian Theology 



By 




Dr McClain 



The great historic fact that our Loi-d Jesus Christ was 
"conceived by the Holy Ghost: born of the Virgin Mary," 
entirely apart from any generation on the part of man, 
has been one of the fundamental truths of Christianity 
from the very beginning of Christian history. The so- 
called "Apostles' Creed" has 
borne witness to this fact con- 
tinuously throughout at least 
1,800 years of church histoi-y; 
and belief in the Virgin Birth is 
affirmed by repetition of the 
"Creed" every Lord's Day 
throughout wide areas of Chris- 
tendom, even in religious bodies 
whose leaders have rejected it 
as an essential truth. 

As to the Biblical basis for the 
truth of the Virgin Birth, there 
is considerable material. Al- 
though some of this material is 
more or less indirect in its tes- 
timony, there are at least three main passages which 
bear witness very clearly and directly: First, there is 
the account in Matthew 1:18-25 giving the story from 
the standpoint of Joseph. Second, there is the account 
in Luke 1:26-38 written evidently from Mary's stand- 
point. Third, there is the great prophecy in Isaiah 7:14 
quoted by Matthew as having been fulfilled by the Vir- 
gin Birth of Christ. 

Now what has the RSV done with this important 
material? In answer, first, let it be said that the makers 
of this recent version apparently made no attempt to 
remove or alter either the received Hebrew text in 
Isaiah 7:14 or the Greek text in the Virgin Birth stories 
of Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:26-38. As a matter of 
fact, no group of men with any pretense of responsible 
scholarship dared attack any of these passages on textual 
grounds. But while these revisers could not attack di- 
rectly on textual grounds the truth of our Lord's Virgin 
Birth in the crucial passages, they did move against the 
doctrine by what might be called indirect assault. The 
evidence is as follows: 

I. IN THE ISAIAH PASSAGE THE RSV MOVED 
AGAINST THE VIRGIN BIRTH BY MISTRANS- 
LATION 

In the King James Version (KJV) Isaiah 7:14 reads, 
"Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and 
shall call his name Immanuel." 

In the American Standard Version (ASV) the passage 
is translated exactly as above, but the word "maiden" 
is put in the margin as an alternative translation. But 
since English dictionaries define "maiden" as "a virgin," 
the meaning is not changed. 

The new RSV takes the word ''virgin" out of Isaiah 
7:14 and translates as follows: "Behold, a yoxing woman 
shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name 
Immanuel." The word "virgin" is then relegated to a 
footnote as a secondary alternate translation. Thus the 
revisers raised a serious question at least about any 
reference in the prophecy to our Lord's Virgin Birth, 
and revealed clearly their own attitude toward that great 



truth. For if they believed that Chi-ist was born of a 
virgin, and if the word "virgin" was a possible transla- 
tion, then there could be no valid reason for not leaving 
the word "virgin" in the verse, unless they were deter- 
mined to exclude from the prophecy any reference to 
the birth of Christ. Let us now consider the evidence 
against the RSV translation of Isaiah 7:14. 

First, the Gospel of Matthew declares in unmistakable 
terms that Isaiah 7:14 was a prophecy of the Virgin Birth 
of Jesus Christ, and the makers of the RSV were well 
aware of this fact, for when they came to translate Mat- 
thew's account they could do nothing else but translate 
it as follows: "All this took place to julfil what the Lord 
had spoken by the prophet: 'Behold, a virgin shall con- 
ceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called 
Emmanuel'" (1:22-23 RSV, italics mine). Certainly if 
the makers of the RSV believed in the inspiration of the 
Bible in any real sense of the term, thej' would have felt 
compelled to pay some attention to Matthew's declara- 
tion on this important point. 

Second, the Hebrew word "abnah." translated "virgin" 
in Isaiah 7:14 by the KJV, is used at least seven times in 
the Old Testament. Four times it is rendered "virgin." 
twice "maid," and once "damsel" (KJV). No one has 
ever been able to prove in any one of these occurrences 
that "almah" ever means anything else than "virgin." 
Dr. Robert Dick Wilson, probably the greatest scholar 
of his generation in languages related to Biblical history, 
after prolonged research of all the evidence, gave his 
unqualified support to the KJV translation of "virgin." 
It was also supported by the late Dr. James Orr, a 
scholar of immense learning. And the challenge of Lu- 
ther still stands, "If any Jew or Christian can prove to 
me that in any passage of Scripture 'almah' means 'a 
married woman" I will give him 100 florins, although God 
alone knows where I might find them!" 

Third, the theological bias of the makers of the RSV 
is clearly seen in the fact that in no less than four out of 
the seven occurrences of the word "almah" they have 
translated it by the word "maiden" which is still per- 
fectly good English for "virgin." Yet when they came 
to Isaiah 7:14, after rejecting the word "virgin." they 
refuse to put in its place the word "maiden" which they 
had already used as a proper translation of the Hebrew 
"almah" in four other texts! Why was the great proph- 
ec3' of Isaiah 7:14 selected as a place where neither "vir- 
gin" nor "maiden" would be allowed, but instead they 
translate "a young woman'"? Does this not provide very 
clear evidence that in the thinking of these revisers the 
"young woman" in question was not a "virgin"? 

Fourth, about 200 B. C. some Jewish scholars made a 
translation of the Hebrew Old Testament into Greek for 
the benefit of the dispersed Jews who could no longer 
either speak or read the Hebrew. This translation is 
called the Septuagint. Now it is a remarkable fact that 
in this translation the Hebrew "almah" is translated by 
the Greek word "parthenos." the meaning of which can- 
not be disputed. It means "virgin." To any person with 
a fair share of common sense it would seem that those 
Jewish scholars living 200 years before Christ should 
have known better how to translate their own language, 
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moved in time by 2,000 years from thein. And if there 
should be any remaining doubt about the proper trans- 
lation of the Hebrew "almah" in Isaiah 7:14, it should be 
settled forever by the fact that Matthew in his account 
of the Virgin Birth quotes the prophecy in Greek using 
the term "parthenos" (Matt. 1:23). And Matthew wrote 
by immediate inspiration of the Holy Ghost. But even 
this does not settle the matter for the RSV translation 
committee. One of these gentlemen. Dr. Harry M. Or- 
linsky, a Jewish scholar who of course rejects Jesus as 
the Christ, when faced by the fact that scholars of his 
own race and religion used the proper Greek word for 
"virgin" in Isaiah 7:14 2,000 years ago, actually argued 
that "the Christians" were responsible for changing the 
text of the Septuagint and inserting the word for "vir- 
gin" (see Intro, to RSV of O. T.. p. 30). But the Septua- 
gint was made by Jewish scholars 200 years before there 
were any Chi'istians! When recently I pointed out 
Orlinsky's curious argument to a scholar who was in- 
clined to defend the new version in a mild sort of way. 
he did not hesitate to characterize it as "sheer idiocy"! 
Certainly it could not be called "scholarship." 

Finally, on the assumption accepted by the destructive 
critics, namely, that the "almah" of Isaiah 7:14 was not 
a "virgin" but only a "young woman" who in the days 
of the prophet bore a child by natural generation of a 
human father, it is difficult to see how this event could 
possibly have been any kind of a "sign" of unusual sig- 
nificance to "the house of David." The words of Isaiah 
7:11 indicate that the "sign" to be given by "the Lord 
himself" would be something beyond and above anything 
in the ordinary world. How could such a sign be ful- 
filled by the birth of a child as the result of a man and 
a woman coming together? One might argue, with some 
justification, it would be a much greater sign if no child 
were conceived and born in such an event! 

II IN THE MATTHEW ACCOUNT OF THE VIRGIN 
BIRTH, THE RSV HAS INSINUATED A DOUBT 
BY THE INTRODUCTION OF A MISLEADING 
FOOTNOTE 

For this particular piece of skullduggery (not an un- 
fair characterization) the makers of the RSV kept out- 
side the actual Virgin Birth passage which appears in 
Matthew 1:18-25, and centered their attention on verse 
16. In both the KJV and ASV this verse is translated, 
"And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom 
was born Jesus, who is called Chi'ist." And this is ex- 
actly what the Greek says. The RSV, with its much 
publicized antipathy to the verb "begat," omits this word 
and puts in three words, "the father of," which have 
nothing to represent them in the Greek. But otherwise 
the verse is left intact, reading in part, "Joseph the hus- 
band of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called 
Christ." In English the pronoun "whom" is ambiguous 
and might be singular or plural, masculine or feminine. 
But the Greek pronoun is singular and feminine, point- 
ing clearly to Mary alone. 

But consider now a very curious footnote which the 
RSV has placed in the margin in connection with verse 
16. This footnote reads as follows: "Other ancient au- 
thorities read Joseph, to whom was betrothed the virgin 
Mary, was the father of Jesus who is called Christ." 
This reading, of course, clearly asserts that Joseph was 
the father of Jesus. Let us examine this specimen of 
modernistic scholarship. 



First, they say that this reading occurs in "other an- 
cient authorities." This sounds very impressive. But 
what are these "ancient authorities"? And how many 
are there? Well, the answer is that there is not even so 
much as one manuscript of the Greek New Testament 
that contains the above reading! It is found only in an 
old version, the Sinaitic Syriac discovered in 1892. 

Second, it should be pointed out that if all the insig- 
nificant variant readings which may be found in the an- 
cient versions, to say nothing of the more important 
ancient manuscripts, had been included in the footnotes 
of the RSV New Testament, most of it would be foot- 
notes! As any reader can easily see, very few of these 
variants are included in the footnotes. Why then, out 
of all the many thousands of variants, did the makers of 
the RSV put this one in, a reading with almost a com- 
plete lack of worth-while evidence? Again there is no 
answer except the stubborn theological bias of the trans- 
lators against the Virgin Birth. 

Third, worst of all for the revisers committee, this par- 
ticular footnote was not in the RSV New Testament 
which was published in 1946, but it was slipped into the 
final product when the entire Bible was published in 
1952. Again one cannot help wondering just why it 
happened this way. Could it be that the restraint which 
kept it out of the New Testament in 1946 was the fear 
of having such a shocking footnote appear on the first 
page of the fii'st book which the readers would meet 
when they opened the RSV New Testament? Certainly 
it was easier to put it into the 1952 publication of the 
entire RSV Bible after the earlier 1946 New Testament 
had been examined critically, and when the attention of 
readers would be concentrated on the Old Testament. 
As a matter of fact, its presence was not known to some 
men who thought they knew what was in the RSV New 
Testament because they had examined it with great care 
when first issued in 1946. A great deal has been made 
of the so-called willingness of the revisers to make sug- 
gested changes of any of their work that needs correc- 
tion, as indicated by some 80 alleged changes made be- 
tween the 1946 and 1952 editions of the New Testament. 
Well, the introduction of this unbelieving and unwar- 
ranted footnote is one change which does not augur well 
for future changes. 

III. IN THE LUKE ACCOUNT OF THE VIRGIN 
BIRTH, THE RSV HAS WEAKENED THE TES- 
TIMONY OF MARY BY PU"TTING IN HER 
MOUTH WORDS SHE DID NOT SPEAK 

As I have already shown above, the RSV has some- 
times rejected grammatically possible translations which 
would have been in harmony with the clearly taught 
general doctrine of the Word of God on some subjects. 
In Isaiah 7:14 they rejected "virgin" which by every 
rule of scholarship was a possible translation. But in 
Luke 1:34 they actually violate the ordinary rules of 
grammar to insert a translation which seriously weak- 
ens the testimony for the Virgin Birth on the part of the 
one person in the world who knew the most about what 
actually happened. I refer to the Virgin Mary. 

When the angel Gabriel came to announce to Mary the 
coming conception and birth of our Lord, she in her 
chaste innocence asks the angel, "How shall this be, 
seeing I know not a man?" (Luke 1:34, KJV and ASV). 
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They change it as follows: "How can this be, since I have 
no hiLshand?" 

Now as anyone can see. there is a world of difference 
between these two translations. Many a woman, unfor- 
tunately, has become the mother of a child when she 
had no husband. There is nothing new about this, tragic 
as the case may be. But in all the history of the world, 
no woman, save Mary alone, ever bore a child when she 
had not previously known a man. 

Worst of all for the reputation of the RSV translators, 
almost any first-year Greek student can easily see that 
Mary did not say, "I have no husband." She did say. '"I 
know not a man." The Greek language has verbs which 
express possession with no ambiguity, but Mary did not 
use one of these. She used the verb "ginosko," which 
occurs 223 times in the New Testament and in the KJV 
is translated 196 times by the English word "know." 
Never once is it translated with the idea of "have." 
Furthermore, such lexicographers as Thayer and Green 
do not even mention such a possible meaning. Generally 
the verb "ginosko" means "to know" intellectually or 
spiritually. A secondary meaning is to know carnally in 
the sense of sexual experience, which is the way Mary 
used the term, a very well-known usage throughout the 
Bible. See Genesis 4:1, "Adam knew Eve his wife: and 
she conceived." 

Why did the RSV change the verb from "know" to 
"have," in defiance of all lexicographic authority? Two 



answers have been suggested by its defenders. One 
is that ordinary readers might not understand the secon- 
dary meaning of "know." The other is that, assuming 
that readers might understand the sexual meaning of 
"know," the revisers wanted to use terms which would 
be in better tastel Both these suggested answers are 
demolished by the simple fact that the RSV itself used 
the word "know" in its carnal sense both in the Old 
Testament and the New (see Gen. 4:1 and Matt. 1:25)1 

Of course, it is possible that the revisers felt at liberty 
to cut loose from mere grammar and make what is 
called an "idiomatic" translation. But any such trans- 
lation dare not cut loose from the original meaning of 
the passage. And when Mary said, "I know not a man," 
these revisers had no right to put into her mouth the 
words, "I have no husband." Of course, Mary had no 
husband when the angel came to her. as any fool would 
understand who reads the story. But that is not the 
point of her testimony. What she said was that she had 
not known any man se.xually. I am very much in favor 
of discussing such matters in the language of good taste, 
but I insist in this case that Mary's personal testimony 
regarding her own good reputation is vastly more im- 
portant than literary good taste. 

The RSV translation of Mary's words is utterly inde- 
fensible on any grounds of grammar. And it should be 
condemned without reservation on moral grounds, to 
say nothing of its possible theological implications. 



Does the Revised Standard Version Accurately Translate the 

Hebrew Old Testament? 

By S. Herbert Bess, Assistant Professor in Old Testament and Hebrew 



Much has been said about the "readability" of this 
new version. It is so much easier to read than the older 
versions, its promoters say, that many niore people will 
read the Word of God with understanding and pleasure 
than heretofore. The present writer does not minimize 
the need for readability, but he 
insists that there is one consider- 
ation far more important than 
mere ease of reading. The para- 
mount question is. Does the ver- 
sion faithfully translate what is 
given in the original language? 

It is the claim of the Revised 
Standard Version that it is a 
faithful rendition of the original. 
Its translators assert that it is the 
most accurate translation yet giv- 
en to the English-speaking world. 

The purpose of this article is to test this assertion, and 
to show that the claim is false. 

ARBITRARY RECONSTRUCTIONS OF THE 
HEBREW TEXT 

There are cases in which the original Hebrew te.xt 
clearly said what the translators of the RSV apparently 
felt that it ought not to say. In such cases they some- 
times arbitrarily rearranged the Hebrew text to make 
it say something different, after which they translated 
their own reconstruction. Such a procedure is not 
translation of the Hebrew Old Testament at all. but 




merely the translation of a te.xt of one's own devising. 
A glaring e.xample may be found in Psalm 2:11-12. The 
King James Version (KJV) had rendered the portion in 
question as: "and rejci-^e loith trembling. Kiss the 
Son . . . ' The new RSV changes this to. "with trembling 
kiss his jeet." 

Through what process did the translators arrive at 
such a major change? I think it can be demonstrated 
for you. It will first be necessary to explain that in an- 
cient Hebrew only the consonants of the language were 
written: the vowels were not indicated. Now in the 
portion of the verse just quoted, the Hebrew Bible em- 
p'oys 13 letters, written in the following order: WGYLW 
BR'DH NSQW BR. For the moment let us assign each 
of these letters a number in the order in which they 
stand, from 1 to 16. Next, let us entirely reshuffle the 
order of these consonants, throwing No. 1 away, and 
rrranging the rest in the order of 6. 7, 8, 9, 10. 11. 12, 13, 
14, 15, 16. 2. 4. 3. 5. Our consonants now will stand like 
this: BR'DH NSQW BRGLYW. The translators of the 
RSV went through all of this maneuvering before they 
were able to make the words say, "with trembling kiss 
hi? feet." Is this faithful translation? Let the reader 
judge for himsalf. 

A reader needs only to leaf through the Old Testa- 
ment in the new version and look at the footnotes to see 
what great use has been made of the Greek version 
cilled the Septuagint (a translation made from the orig- 
inal Hebrew in the 3d and 2d centuries B. C). Such 
free use is made of this Greek version that it would 



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seem the translators of the RSV assigned to it more 
authority than the original Hebrew. However, in the 
case of Psalm 2:11-12, which I have just discussed, the 
translators juggled the consonants and rearranged the 
text in spite of the clear testimony of the Greek. To be 
sure, the Greek translation was also quite incorrect, but 
the very nature of their error indicates that the Greek 
translators found the Hebrew text in substantially the 
same condition that we have it today. 

OMISSIONS FROM THE HEBREW TEXT 

There are numerous instances in which the translators 
decided to omit certain Hebrew words and leave them 
untranslated, apparently on the assumption that they 
were unnecessary to the sense. Such a case is to be 
found in Zephaniah 1:4. The KJV had translated the 
latter part of this verse with the words: "and the name 
of the Chemarims with the priests." The RSV reads: 
"and the name of the idolatrous priests." 

The RSV offers one improvement here, because the 
word "Chemarims." found in the KJV, is a Hebrew word 
left untranslated. The RSV translated the word as 
"idolatrous priests," and this surely means much more 
to the English reader than "Chemarims." However, the 
expression "with the priests" is also a part of the He- 
brew text, but it is omitted entirely by the RSV. Why 
was it omitted? The reason is to be found in the fact 
that the Greek version did not have the phrase. It was 
another case of preferring the Greek version above the 
Hebrew original, but here it is a poor choice indeed. 
The context of the passage makes it clear that it was the 
sin of religious syncretism which was being denounced. 
Judah was mixing the corrupt religious practices of her 
neighbors in with that religion she had received by rev- 
elation. Both the idolatrous priests and the priests of 
the Levitical order were to be cut off. I 

A great array of such omissions could be cited, but 
economy of space limits me to only one example. This 
is also true, of course, of those arbitrary reconstructions 
of the Hebrew text. 

UGARITIC MYTHOLOGY IN PLACE OF THE 
HEBREW TEXT 

Within the past 25 years a large body of cuneiform 
literature was unearthed at the site of an ancient hea- 
then city named Ugarit. The language closely resem- 
bles Hebrew, and some scholars have sought to use this 
literature to explain difficult passages of the Bible. 
There is some legitimate use of this material, but there 
is a great danger in overemphasizing the similarities 
between this literature and the Bible, while ignoring the 
vast differences; for the religion of Ugarit was polythe- 
istic. In one instance, at least, the religion of Ugarit 
was employed by the RSV to "correct" the Hebrew text 
and to put into David's mouth words that are difficult to 
harmonize with the doctrine of verbal inspiration. 

In II Samuel 1:21 the KJV reads: "Ye mountains of 
Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be i-ain, 
upon you, nor fields of offerings." The RSV reads; "Ye 
mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew or rain upon 
you, nor upsurging of the deep!" 

It is to be admitted that the Hebrew of this portion is 
difficult; it has been a problem with interpreters for 
many years. The RSV is not warranted, however, in 
substituting a reading from heathen mythology, just be- 
cause it finds a clause in Ugaritic literature which shows 



some similarities to the Hebrew text. Furthermore, the 
substitution does not fit so easily as it might appear at 
first glance. Two or three consonants of the Hebrew 
text must be changed and others substituted in their 
place to make the new reading possible. This the trans- 
lators of the RSV have not hesitated to do! 

Not only so, but to allow the new reading to stand we 
must suppose that David held the same misconceptions 
about the subterranean ocean which were held by his 
heathen contemporaries. So much is tacitly acknowl- 
edged by the translators in their Introduction to the Re- 
vised Standard Version of the Old Testament, page 55. 
Of course, the religious liberalist will merely answer that 
David was only the product of his times. But that will 
not satisfy those of us who believe that the Bible is God's 
revelation of Himself to man. 

IGNORING NEW TESTAMENT TESTIMONY IN 
TRANSLATING THE HEBREW TEXT 

The consistent Bible reader is well aware of the fact 
that the New Testament frequently quotes from the Old 
Testament. When this is done the New Testament then 
serves as a divinely inspired commentary on the Old 
Testament passage being quoted, and must be under- 
stood to accurately convey the meaning of that passage. 
It is a glaring fault of the RSV that in several places it 
translates Old Testament passages in such a way as to 



THE BIBLE STANDS 

The Bible stands like a rock undaunted 
'Mid the raging storms of time; 

Its pages burn with a truth eternal, 
And they glow with a light sublime. 

The Bible stands and it will forever. 
When the world has passed away; 

By inspiration it has been given. 
All its precepts I will obey. 



make out that the New Testament is in error where it 
comments on these passages in question. Following are 
some examples. 

Genesis 12:3. The KJV concludes this verse with the 
clause: "and in thee shall all families of the earth be 
blessed." The RSV translates it: "and by you all the 
families of the earth will bless themselves." 

On the basis of Hebrew grammar it might be argued 
that the RSV translation of this verse is possible. It is 
possible, all right, but most improbable. While the 
Hebrew verb to "bless " as it is found here might be 
translated either "be blessed" or "bless themselves," the 
former is certainly the most frequent meaning. There 
is a separate form for saying "bless themselves," and 
this form is found in Jeremiah 4:2. If Moses had clearly 
wished to say "bless themselves" in Genesis 12:3, he 
would have used the form of the verb later used in 
Jeremiah 4:2. 

Whether or not one is convinced on the basis of He- 
brew grammar, the New Testament comment on this 
passage is decisive. The Apostle Paul in Galatians 3:8 
quotes Genesis 12:3 as saying, "In thee shall all nations 
be blessed." There is no possibility of misunderstand- 
ing the New Testament comment on this point. 

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the New Testament when deciding on the translation of 
Genesis 12:3? Did they think that the New Testament 
comment was irrelevant? Did they think the New Tes- 
tament was in error? There is a third possibility: Did 
they wish to make the Old Testament and the New Tes- 
tament contradict each other? 

Psalm 16:10. The latter part of this verse reads in the 
KJV: "neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see 
corruption." The RSV translates: "or let thy godly one 
see the Pit." The question here is over the word trans- 
lated "corruption" in KJV and "Pit" in the RSV. 

A careful study of the Hebrew word found here re- 
veals that the word can be translated "corruption" in 
some places and "pit" in other places, depending on 
whether the scholar derives the noun from the word 
''shachath," to corrupt, or from "shuach," to sink down. 
In either case the word would look exactly the same, and 
one cannot tell by merely looking at the word whether 
it should be translated "corruption" or "pit." 

How then should the question be decided in the case 



of Psalm 16:10? The New Testament again should de- 
cide the issue. The verse is quoted twice in the New 
Testament, both times as an Old Testament proof text 
for the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and His 
preservation from the corruption of the grave. In Acts 
2:2i and again in Acts 13:35. the New Testament says 
the word in question means corruption. It was against 
the explicit testimony of the New Testament that the 
RSV elected to translate the word "Pit." 

The title of this ai'ticle asks the question: Does the 
RSV accurately translate the Hebrew Old Testament? 
The answer must be an emphatic no! It does, of course, 
tr.inslats the Hebrew in the majority of places. In other 
places it translates inferior versions, departing from the 
Hebrew text. In still other places the translators depart 
from all texts, whether they be the Hebrew or the an- 
cient versions, and give us nothing but wild guesses 
based on no textual authority whatever. Finally, in 
several instances it so construes the Hebrew text that 
the Old and the New Testaments are made to disagree 
with each other. 



IrscorssBstencies in the RSV New Testament 

By James L. Boysr, Assistant Professor in Greek and New Testament 



The promoters of the Revised Standard Version (RSV) 
try to create the impression that it is a "more accurate" 
version. In their Introduction they make much of cer- 
tain inaccuracies and weaknesses of the King James 
Version (KJV), thereby naturally implying that their 
version has corrected them. But let us see how con- 
sistently they have carried out their own standards of 
judgment. 

JUDGED BY THEIR OWN STANDARDS 

One of the translators. Dr. Clarence T. Craig, tells how 
he catches up the students in his Greek classes by asking 
them to translate I John 4:19. 
When they read it, "We love him. 
because he first loved us," as it 
is written in the KJV, he asks, 
"Where is the word for him?" 
Of course it is not in the original. 
The recital of this incident by Dr. 
Craig seems intended to ci-eate 
the impression that the RSV will 
be extremsly careful about such 
matters, and stick more accurate- 
ly to the exact reading of the 
original Greek. But instead, 
turning to II Thessalonians 2:6 in the new version, we 
read: "And you know what is restraining him now." 
They have put in without any authority from the Greek 
the very same word "him" for which they find fault with 
the KJV. What becomes of Dr. Craig's pretty little 
story? Should not someone say to him, "Where is the 
word for him?" 

It should be noted that in I John 4:19 the KJV was 
based on a Greek text which contained the word "him," 
and that the American Standard Version (ASV) cor- 
rected it with the better text which omits the word. But 
in the Thessalonians passage there is no Greek text 
which contains the word "him." This is but one of in- 
numerable places where the RSV has added or left out 




words — pronouns, proper names, nouns, verbs, adjec- 
tives, adverbs, prepositions, particles, even whole 
phrases — simply according to the supposed requirements 
of modern speech. In fact, one of the chief character- 
istics of this version is its freedom in paraphrase, that is. 
rewriting the idea of the Greek text in modern phrase- 
ology rather than actually translating it. 

In their Introduction the makers of the RSV accuse 
the KJV of mistranslation because it uses the phrase 
"God forbid" to translate a very strong Greek expres- 
."^ion of denial in which the word "God" does not appear. 
After such criticism we should expect that they would 
translate the phrase very accurately as "May it not be" 
or something similar. And indeed they do use several 
expressions which clearly portray the idea, such as "By 
all msans!" "Never!" "Certainly not!" and "Far be it 
frcm m3." But to our am.izam3nt they actually use this 
very same so-called mistranslation, "God forbid," in 
Luke 23:16. Also they have inserted t!ie word "God" 
into another similar phrase in Matthew 16:22, where 
neither the Greek nor the KJV has it. Thus by their 
own standards they are both less consistent and less 
accurate than the version they criticize. 

Another fau't of our KJV, according to the RSV In- 
troduction, is its tendency to use several words of sim- 
i'ar meaning to translate one Greek word, so that the 
English reader cannot recognize the word relationships 
of the original. Again the deeds of the revisers belie 
their words, for they constantly disregard this principle 
in their own translation. For example, the Greek word 
v.'hich the KJV translates "walk" 92 out of the 95 times 
it occurs in the New Testament has been translated 15 
different ways in the RSV: usually "walk," but also 
"live," "follow," "go about," "go," "lead a life," "conduct 
oneself," "act," "observe," "behave," "practice," "com- 
mand," "prowl around," "move," and even "adherents." 

There seems to be no evident reason for their selection 
of these various synonyms, for they use "walk" both 
when the meaning is literal and when it is metaphorical. 



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and so also with the others. To further complicate the 
situation, the first time they use a different word they 
put a marginal note indicating that the Greek says 
"walk," thus suggesting that they are going to warn us 
where they depart from the usual translation. But after 
that first instance there is not another marginal note in 
the whole list I 

In one context, Romans 9:3-5, they translate two iden- 
tical Greek phrases in entirely different ways: "by race" 
(vs. 3) and "according to the flesh" (vs. 5). Elsewhere 
the same Greek phrase is translated, "in worldly fash- 
ion," "like a worldly man," "according to worldly stand- 
ards." "worldly," "earthly," and once it is omitted en- 
tirely. 

The ordinary word for "worship" is often, although 
not always, changed to "kneel before" when it describes 
the action of one who came to Jesus. 

Another usage of the KJV which the RSV committee 
criticizes is the use of the relative pronoun "which" to 
refer to persons. In the light of their purpose to correct 
this archaic form of expression it is interesting to look 
at Ephesians 1:14, where the RSV uses "which" in re- 
ferring to the Holy Spirit. Is not the Holy Spirit a 
Person? 

SOMETIMES USES INFERIOR TEXT 

Especially significant in the passage just mentioned is 
the fact that there are two different readings in the 
Greek manuscripts. The RSV rendering uses the one 
with the lesser authority, which is rejected by the ASV. 

Again, in Acts 12:20, the best Greek reading omits the 
name "Herod," as is shown in the ASV. The RSV has 
gone back to the KJV, in spite of their argument that 
one of the reasons for a new version was to give us one 
based on an improved Greek text. 

MISLEADING MARGINAL NOTES 

Often the RSV marginal notes give the impression 



that the revisers are very careful even of little unim- 
portant details, thus lending a semblance of accuracy 
and faithfulness to the new version. But in countless 
passages where they have dealt very severely with the 
original text there is no hint of that fact in the margin. 
For example, in Matthew 3:17 they translate "This is 
my beloved Son" and add a note saying, "or 'my Son, 
my (or the) Beloved.'" Certainly this is a little point, 
yet they extend the note to get the exact, literal ren- 
dering. But in John 3:16 they translate, "his only Son" 
without any note to tell us that they have left out the 
very important word "begotten." 

STYLE CHANGES 

Six times the Apostle Paul uses the expression, "I 
would not have you to be ignorant." This is a perfectly 
correct, acceptable, and well -understood figure of speech 
either in English or in Greek. Evidently the translators 
did not like it. or wanted to improve Paul's style, for 
twice they change this around to the positive form of 
expression, "I want you to know," or "I want you to 
understand." But in the other places they leave it in the 
negative, either in the very words of the KJV or, for the 
sake of variety, "I do not want you to be uninfoi-med." 
If it were so incorrect or so objectionable that it needed 
changing twice, why not the other times? 

EXAMPLES OF INACCURATE TRANSLATIONS 

It is inaccurate to translate the word "tares" by 
"weeds" (Matt. 13:24-30). Even though some English 
reader might have to look in a dictionary to find the 
meaning of "tares," that is better than to conceal the 
meaning behind a well-known word that means some- 
thing different. 

"He came to his own home" is a mistranslation of 
John 1:11. There is no word for "home," and that word 
is the wrong gender and number. Also, when it is so 



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translated it states a falsehood, for this world was not 
His home. 

An amazing illustration of nonsense in translation is 
to be seen in their rendering of Matthew 6:27 (and Luke 
12:25), "And which of you by being anxious can add one 
cubit to his span of life?" The Greek word which they 
translate "span of life" is used frequently in the New 
Testament and may mean either "length of life" or 
"stature," a measure of either time or size, according 
to the requirements of the context. For example, in 
Luke 19:3 Zacchaeus climbs a tree "because he was 
small of stature." Unless we want to think that he 
acted so because he was "small of age," or a young boy. 
we must admit that the word can mean stature. The 
RSV itself recognizes this and translates it "stature" in 
Luke 2:52. 19:3. and Ephesians 4:13. Why then do they 



use "span of life" in Matthew 6:27? Such a rendering 
hopelessly mixes the metaphors, for a cubit is a measure 
of length, not age. It is like adding an hour to one's 
height, or an inch to one's weight I Not only so, but such 
a translation makes an untruth out of Jesus' statement, 
for many have added to their span of life by taking 
thought. 

CANNOT BE TRUSTED 

Of course there are many places where the translation 
is accurate, apt. and beautiful. It removes those few 
instances where the old English of the KJV might be 
misleading. But the RSV introduces so many inaccurate 
and careless renderings that it takes a Greek student to 
know where it is good and where it is bad. It simply 
cannot be trusted by itself. 



fnconsist-encies in t-he RSV Old Testament 

By John Rea, Instructor in Bible and Archeology 



Most conservative Biblical scholars agree that the 
members of the Old Testament committee of revisers for 
the Revised Standard Version (RSV) have done great 
damage to certain theological passages. These revisers 
have also failed to produce a reliable translation where 
theological issues are not involved. 
Certainly we shall grant that many 
needed corrections of the King 
James Version (KJV) and also of 
the American Standard Version 
(ASV) have been made. Enough 
time and care was not taken, how- 
ever, to give the church a uniform- 
ly adequate version of the Old Tes- 
tament. Therefore the student of 
the English Bible dare not use the 
RSV by itself as his study edition 
of the Old Testament. A few of 
its inconsistencies will illustrate 
the untrustworthiness of this new 
version. 




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John Rea 



OBSOLETE WORDS 



The revisers claim to have substituted modern words 
for those which have become obsolete or have changed 
their meaning. Yet they did not replace the word "fir- 
mament" (Gen. 1:6. etc.) by the much more readily un- 
derstood word "expanse." They have tried to get rid of 
the translation "beget" by using some expression such as 
"is the father of," yet the word "begets" is used by the 
RSV in Proverbs 23:24, and in other passages. 

In modernizing the frequent term in Leviticus, "meat- 
offering," the RSV has itself become misleading by 
translating it "cereal offering." The ASV gives the right 
idea in "meal offering," in the sense of coarsely ground 
grain. 

PARALLEL PASSAGES 

While the revisers made use of parallel passages in the 
historical books of the Old Testament to make certain 
corrections which they felt were needed (cf. II Sam. 
24:2 with I Chron. 21:2; I Ki. 12:2 with II Chron. 10:2), 
they did not consistently follow this procedure. One ob- 
vious difference they left unnoticed. I Kings 4:26 tells 



that Solomon had 40,000 stalls of horses for his chariots: 
II Chronicles 9:25 states that he had 4.000. Probably the 
Chronicles statement is the correct one. yet the RSV 
does not even have a footnote at the verse in I Kings. 

GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES 

The revision committee has attempted to make uni- 
form the rendering and the spelling of the geographical 
place names in the Old Testament. In most cases they 
have succeeded. They failed, however, in theu- use of 
the Hebrew term "Shephelah." This is the name for 
the region of low hills and valleys between the Plain of 
Philistia and the high central range of mountains in 
Judea. While the RSV uses the term, "the Shephelah," 
as a proper name elsewhere, it does not do so in Joshua 
and Judges. In these two books the confusing transla- 
tion "the lowlands" is retained (cf. Josh. 10:40: Judg. 
1:9). 

PROBLEM PASSAGES 

Where an alternate and equally valid translation of 
a Hebrew word would have cleared up a problem, the 
revisers did not always make the change. By translating 
Numbers 11:31 as follows: "two cubits high upon the 
face of the earth," our KJV intimates that the quail for 
the children of Israel were piled three feet high on the 
ground: The RSV says that the Lord let the birds fall 
"about two cubits deep on the face of the earth." where- 
as the version should have expressed the correct idea 
that the Lord scattered or caused the quail to fly over 
the camp about waist high so the Israelites could easily 
strike them to the ground. The Hebrew preposition can 
just as well be translated to convey the sense of "over" 
or "above." and the ASV so translates. 

The moral problem involved in II Kings 2:23. the story 
of Elisha and the she-bears, had been cleared up to a 
large extent by the 1901 ASV translation of "young 
lads." possibly teen-agers. The RSV, nevertheless, re- 
verts to "small boys." making us think that little chil- 
dren were too severely punished for mocking the 
prophet. 

OBSCURE OR FAULTY TRANSLATIONS 

In other instances the meaning has been made more 



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obscure, or the wrong idea altogether is left with the 
reader of the RSV. In Psalm 118:27 (KJV and ASV) 
"sacrifice" and "cords" have been changed to "festal pro- 
cession" and "branches," respectively, for no good text- 
ual reason. In changing "his Spirit" to "his wind" in 
Job 26:13 (KJV and ASV) the translators have not only 
robbed us of a choice verse about God's Spirit but also 
have violated the context which deals with definite attri- 
butes of God. 

The whole point of the castin-^ out of Hagar and her 
son is missed if the word for Ishmael's "mocking" in 
Genesis 21:9 is given its other possible translation of 
his "playing" with little Isaac, as is done in the RSV. 



If all these changes seem relatively unimportant to 
you, see what has happened to that precious verse on 
soul-winning, Proverbs 11:30. The second half of the 
verse has been altered, with no adequate grounds for 
doing so, from "he that winneth [or delivereth] souls is 
wise" (KJV) to the following: "but lawlessness takes 
away lives." 

SUMMARY 

A more extensive study will reveal many, many more 
inconsistencies in the RSV. The Bible student will be 
convinced that the ASV, not the RSV, is still the most 
reliable English translation of the Old Testament. 



The Revised Standard Version in Its Practical Aspects 

By Dr. Homer A. Kent, Professor of Practical Theology and Church History 




Kent 



The introduction of the Revised Standard Version 
(RSV) into the church poses some very practical prob- 
lems. For instance, what about its effect in public wor- 
ship? The writer believes that its tendency will be to 
cause confusion in the pew. Even now some are con- 
fused by reason of the two great 
versions already in common us- 
age. To introduce another ver- 
sion which wants to be recog- 
nized as an "authorized" version 
but which is greatly different 
from the King James (KJV) and 
American Standard (ASV) ver- 
sions in many respects, will add 
to the confusion already exist- 
ing. 

Suppose the preacher reads 
his Scripture lesson on Sunday morning from the RSV. 
Probably most of his congregation will have the old King 
James Version. Others may have an American Standard 
Version. As the preacher reads, some in the audience 
will have difficulty in following the variant translations 
or in keeping pace with the reader. Or, suppose the 
preacher asks for the Scripture to be read responsively. 
With three different translations represented in the con- 
gregation, some will find it next to impossible to read 
with the group without seeming to be out of step with 
those next to him. They are likely to refrain from read- 
ing at all and close their Bibles. 

Then, sooner or later, the ordinary reader is certain to 
notice some distinct differences between the RSV and 
the version he has been accustomed to, and serious 
questions may arise in his mind as to the true meaning 
of Scripture. Or, he may observe some conflicting note 
at the bottom of the page in the new version, such as 
the shocking footnote to Matthew 1:16, which is likely 
to generate serious doubts regarding some precious truth 
of God's Word. (For a discussion of this footnote, see 
Dr. McClain's article on page 138.) 

Furthermore, we believe that the use of the RSV in 
the pew will tend to lower the proper conception of 
Christ as deity in the minds of its readers due to its 
Unitarian bias. This is seriously reflected in the RSV 
use of the ordinary personal pronouns, such as "you" 
and "your" in reference to the incarnate Christ, where- 
as the more reverential pronouns such as "thee" and 
"thou" are used when referring to the first person of 



the Godhead. Thus there is evident an insidious effort 
on the part of the RSV translators to bring Christ down 
from his rightful position as equal with the Father. (See 
article by Prof. Homer A. Kent, Jr., on page 136.) 

There is also just reason to fear that the language of 
this self-styled "authorized" version will contribute 
toward the growing attitude of irreverence so evident 
in the church and the world during these latter days. 
The avowed endeavor on the part of the translators to 
make their version readable has tended to diminsh the 
e.xalted character of the Scripture such as is found in 
the language of the KJV. And what right, may we ask, 
do the sponsors of this new Bible have to force this new 
version upon Christendom as an authorized standard 
version without its having had an opportunity to prove 
itself as the other two great versions have done? This 
is an unwarranted presumption. Even in the beginning 
the canonical Scriptures were not forced into public 
usage until they had proved themselves to the Christian 
consciousness as the unique Word of God by the very 
weight of their value. No council or hierarchy did this. 
Nor has the RSV any right to force its way into our 
churches until it has had abundant oportunity to prove 
itself. 

MEMORIZATION OF SCRIPTURE 

Another practical matter to be taken into considera- 
tion in relation to the new version has to do with the 
memorization of Scripture. The Bible exhorts believers 
to hide the Word of God in their hearts as a sure aid to 
the resistance of the evil one. Preachers and teachers 
down through the years have urged those to whom they 
have ministered to memorize many passages of Scrip- 
ture. Prizes have been offered in Sunday school, daily 
vacation Bible school, and elsewhere for committing 
Scripture to memory. It has long been considered one 
of the best things that can be done in the way of Chris- 
tian training. Often in the prayer service or some other 
service in the church, pastors have found it helpful to 
call upon those in attendance to quote precious promises 
from the Bible. But with the introduction of the new 
version, it will be discovered that there are many dif- 
ferences between it and the KJV which is most often 
quoted. For instance, Romans 8:28 is quite different in 
the RSV: "We know that in everything God works for 
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to his pui-pose." The one so quoting might conceivably 
be charged with misquotation. Aside from the correct- 
ness or incorrectness of the translation, the introduction 
of a new rendering is bound to cause confusion in many 
minds as to which after all is the proper translation. 
The result is likely to be a lack of zeal for the memoriza- 
tion of the precious promises of God's Word. Variety 
of rendition will tend toward hesitation as to which ver- 
sion ought to be memorized. Such hesitation will likely 
end in no memorization at all. 

The confines of this article forbid our consideration of 



other practical aspects of the introduction of the new 
version such as the confusion that will be introduced in 
connection with the production of Sunday school litera- 
ture and the study of the Sunday school lessons in the 
various classes. Thus in view of all the deficiencies to 
be found in the RSV, the writer feels that its introduc- 
tion into public worship and teaching will prove a detri- 
ment rather than a help. Therefore, let us cling to the 
King James Version in our public services and private 
study, using also the American Standard Version for 
comparison. 



NEWS 





CHURCHES 



Whittier, California (Community) 

Three more people were baptized 
and received into the membership of 
the church, bringing the total to 69 
members. 

The WMC is sponsoring a supper 
for the families of the ladies in the 
organization. This will be the first 
time to use the dishes given to the 
church by Mr. and Mrs. Dale Mes- 
serschmidt. The Albert Balzers, 
missionaries on furlough from Af- 
rica, will speak. 

The Men's Brotherhood will hold 
its first meeting February 24. 

The SMM has been reorganized 
with 15 girls at the first meeting. 
Mrs. Vernon Stanfield is patroness of 
the junior girls and Mrs. Wayne 
Flory of the middlers. 

The men of the church gave 2 days 
to landscaping the grounds and lay- 
ing "blacktop" that was donated by 
Bro. John Richardson for the park- 
ing area. 

The first communion service of 
this church was held in November, 
with 36 people in attendance, the 
first such service for several of them. 
— Mrs. Wayne Flory, reporter. 

Chico, California 

We rejoiced in the excellent Bible 
studies that Bro. R. I. Humberd gave 
us with the use of charts the week of 
January 11. On January 18 Bro. 
Herbert Seal brought the morning 
message and we saw "The Forgotten 
Navaho" in the evening. The mem- 
bers of the Rotary Club want us to 
get this film back so they can see 
it at their club meeting. 

The men and boys of the church 



have added 2 classrooms in the base- 
ment. 

The average attendance in the 
Sunday school in January was 68. 
in the morning worship the average 
was 64, in the evening service it was 
49, and in prayer meeting it was 22 

We are now looking forward to a 
return visit of Dr. Vincent Bennett 
March 2-9. and our 5th anniversary 
March 29. — J. Ward Tressler, pastor. 

Dayton, Ohio (Bethany) 

This chuvch had an increase in the 
average attendance in all of its 
services during 1952. The most no- 
ticeable increase was in the evening 
evangelistic service, with an increase 
of 14 a Sunday. 

Rev. Ralph Colburn was our 
speaker February 8. 

Rev. John Evans, our pastor, is 
now serving the church on a full- 
time basis since January 1, at the 
request of the congregation and with 
an increase in salary. Correspond- 
ence concerning the church should 
be addressed to him at 921 Tvson 
Ave, Dayton 7. Ohio. — Doris Hap- 
ner, secretary. 



Dryhiii, Kentucky 

Rev. Sewell Landrum and family, 
of Clayhole, Ky., conducted the Sun- 
day evening service for us in the 
new chapel February 8. 

Rev. Ralph Colburn, Winona Lake. 
Ind., spent IV2 days here working on 
the chapel. The platform was built 
during this time. 

Rev. and Mrs. Luther L. Grubb, of 
Winona Lake, Ind.. spent the week 
end of February 14-15 here. Brother 
Grubb preached on Sunday and took 
many pictures of the chapel. — Evelyn 
Fuqua, missionary. 

Los Angeles, California (First) 

Our church building was burglar- 
ized during the last week of January, 
seme S40 of day school money being 
t=iken: office doors and desks were 
damaged. 

John Robert Reich, one of our day 
school pupils, died January 27. 

The Fuller Old Fashioned Revival 
Hour Quartet and Rudy Atwood 
gave us a special musical program 
the evening of February 15. — Glenn 
O'Neal, pastor. 



PRAY FOR THESE SPECIAL MEETINGS 



Church 

Berne, Ind 

Phoeni.x, Ariz .... 
New Troy, Mich . . 
Long Beach, Calif. 

(First) 

Chico, Calif 

Conemaugh, Pa.. 
Johnstown, Pa. 

(First) 

Spokane, Wash. . . 

Canton, Ohio 

Clay City. Ind 

Uniontown, Pa. . . 
Allentown, Pa. . . . 
Osceola, Ind 



Dotes 
Feb. 22-March8. 
Feb. 24-March 1 . 
Feb. 27-March 1. 



March 1-15. 
March 2-9. 
March 8-22. 



Pastor Speaker 

Ord Gehman Pat Henry. 

J. C. McKillen. . . . Russell Humberd. 
Richard Jackson. . Herman Hovt. 



Charles Mayes. , 
Ward Tressler. . 
Stanlev Hauser. 



R. Paul Miller. 
Vincent Bennett 
Stanlev Hauser 



March 8-12.. 
March 8-22.. 
March 9-15.. 
March 9-22.. 
March 9-22.. 
March 10-22. 
March 15-29. 



W. A. Ogden William Mierop. 

William Schaffer. . Robert Ashman 

John Dilling Anthony Zeoli. 

Ralph Burns William Stefifler. 

Clyde Landrum. . . Russell Weber. 

William Gray Miles Taber. 

Ward Miller Walter Lepp. 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions R D. Barnard 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W.. Roanoke 15. Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



The Glendale, Calij., church pur- 
chased a house for a parsonage at 
517 Glenwood Road. It will be oc- 
cupied by Rev. Charles M. Under- 
wood and family when Brother Un- 
derwood begins his pastorate there 
March 1. (Add both name and ad- 
dress to Annual, p. 72.) 

Mrs. Fitzhugh (Verniece) Davis. 
of the Glendale, Calif., church, died 
February 7. Rev. Archie Lynn con- 
ducted the funeral. 

The Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, church. 
pastored by Rev. Richard Burch. 
held a Bible conference February 
8-15 under the leadership of Dr. 
Herman A. Hoyt, dean of Grace 
Seminary. 

The National Sunday School Board 
of the Brethren Church has desig- 
nated the months of March and April 
as Instruction Months in which the 
new pupils are to be instructed in 
the fundamental truths of the Chris- 
tian faith, so that they will be con- 
served to the work of the church. 

The Kittanning, Pa., First church 
held a Sunday school rally February 
13 with Rev. James Dixon, Wash- 
ington, D. C, as the speaker. 

The Atlantic Fellowship of Breth- 
ren Ministers held a 2-day retreat at 
AUentown, Pa., February 16-17, 
where Rev. William Gray acted as 
host. 

Evangelist W. A. Green was the 
speaker at the Osceola, Ind., church 
February 15. 

While Dr. Charles W. Mayes was 
absent from his pulpit at the Long 
Beach, Calif., First church, to attend 
the midyear meeting of the board of 
trustees of the Foreign Missionary 
Society of the Brethren Chuich in 
session at Winona Lake, Ind.. Dr. 
Charles L. Feinberg and Mrs. Rose 
Foster brought the messages Febru- 
ary 8 and 15. 



Mr. Ferdinand Giese, of the Whit- 
tier, Calif., First church, died Feb- 
ruary 12. 

Mrs. J. B. Wingard, of the Kittan- 
ning, Pa., First church, died Febru- 
ary 9 after a 9-year illness. 

The Fort Wayne, Ind., church is in 
the process of adding to the facilities 
of the building by increasing the size 
of the basement and completing a 
room in the north part of the build- 
ing. 

The Gospel Mariners Men's Quar- 
tet were in charge of the evening 
service at the Clayton, Ohio, church 
February 15. 

Mark E. Beech, member of the 
Listie, Pa., church, is on the dean's 
list for the fall term of the 1952-53 
school year at Juniata College. The 
list is composed of the names of 16 
of the 604 students in the college. 

Mrs. Galen Lingenfelter, wife of 
the pastor at Buena Vista, Va., in- 
jured her back in an accident in the 
home February 12. 



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The Compton, Calij., church was 
host to the Child Evangelism Fel- 
lowship Chapter of Compton Feb- 
ruary 19, with Dr. Reider M. Kal- 
land as speaker. The pastor of the 
church. Rev. Norman A. Nelson, and 
Rev. Eugene Holler, who once was 
supply pastor of the Compton church, 
exchanged pulpits Februai'y 8. 

Mr. Benjamin M. Keller, member 
and deacon of the Accident, Md., 
church, died February 7 at the age 
of 89 years. The funeral was held 
at the church by his pastor. Rev. 
Wayne Baker. 

The Southeast District has an- 
nounced its next overnight youth 
rally for April 10-11 at the Lime- 
stone, Tenn., church with Rev. Wil- 
liam Smith and Rev. Ralph Colbu'n 
as the speakers. 

Robert Miller, son of Rev. and Mis. 
Robert E. A. Miller, Ro.anoke, Va., is 
home from the hospital but must 
spend several months in bed. He is 
suffering from a kidney disorder. 

Rev. Richard Jackson, New Troy, 
Mich., is writing a weekly devotional 
column for the Bridgman, Mich., 
Community Enterprise. 



February 28, 1953 



Additions to Membership 

Spokane, Wash 3 

Whittier, Calif. (Community) 3 

Public Confessions 

Clay City, Ind 1 

Compton, Calif 1 

Conemaugh, Pa 2 

Hagerstown, Md 2 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 1 



Bro. Mason Cooper is supplying 
the pulpit at the Covington, Va., 
church. 

The New Troy, Mich., church is 
sponsoring a rally in protest of the 
Revised Standard Version of the 
Bible, for the southwest area of 
Michigan February 28. Dr. Herman 
A. Hoyt is the scheduled speaker, 
using as his theme: "That Bible: 
Version or Perversion?" 

Dr. Elias D. White, dean of 
Brookes Bible Institute of St. Louis, 
Mo., is featured by his picture and 
brief biographical sketch on the back 
page of the February 12 issue of 
Youth on the March. 

The East District youth rally was 
held at the Meyersdale, Pa., church 
February 13-14 with 190 registrants. 
The speakers were Prof. John Whit- 
comb, of Winona Lake, Ind., and 
Rev. Stanley Hauser, of Conemaugh, 
Pa. The next rally is scheduled for 
the Altoona, Pa., First church in 
May. 

Work is in progress on a new 
building at the Brethren High School 
of Long Beach, Calif. A banquet 
was given at the home of Mr. and 
Mrs. William Coon February 13 in 
honor of the students with the high- 
est grades in each of the 4 high 
school classes. 

Fayth Ann Conner, Roanoke, Va.. 
Jesse Deloe, Winona Lake, Ind., and 
Robert Clouse, Mansfield, Ohio, are 
3 Brethren students at WUliam Jen- 
nings Bryan University, Dayton, 
Tenn., who made the honor roll for 
the first quarter of the 1952-53 school 
year. 

Rev. John Evans, now the full- 
time pastor of the Dayton, Ohio, 
Bethany church, has moved to 921 
Tyson Ave., Dayton 7, Ohio (change 
Annual, p. 68). 

Are you moving? If you plan to 
move, please notify us 15 days in ad- 
vance of new address. 

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Winona Lake, Ind. 




GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 

Offers Young People 

A BIBLE-CENTERED CURRICULUM 

A COMPETENT AND BELIEVING SCHOLARSHIP 

A SPIRITUAL AND PRAYER-CHARGED ENVIRONMENT 

• 

ARE YOU A HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE? 

THE COLLEGIATE DIVISION OFFERS YOU 

9 Thorough training by a Bible-beUeving faculty. 

• Low tuition cost and excellent credit recognition. 

• Fellowship with like-minded Christian young people. 



ARE YOU A COLLEGE GRADUATE? 



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Theological courses leading to the B. D. and Th. M. degrees. 
Thorough Bible-centered training with practical emphasis. 

9 Inspiration and challenge from ministers & missionaries. 



For jurther information and catalogue lorite to- 



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I. 15, No. 10— March 7, 1953 




Foreign Mission Number 





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SPEAKING 




By Russell D. Barnard 
Editor, Foreign Mission Number 



Society Trustees Meet 

The board of trustees met from February 10 to 13 in 
one of the shortest yet one of the best of such meetings 
in many years. Those members present were Charles 
W. Mayes, Alva J. McClain. Bernard Schneider. Ken- 
neth Ashman, Ward Miller. Homer A. Kent, Herman 
Koontz, and Russell D. Barnard. Brethren W. A. Ogde i 
and Glenn O'Neal were not able to be present. Many 
hours were spent in reviewing the correspondence from 
the various fields and in acting on recommendations. 



Concerning Honolulu, Hawaii 

Read further concerning this on page 153. Suffice it 
to say here, the board believes the time opportune and 
the situation so urgent that action must be taken imme- 
diately. You will note that the plan of operation for this 
new work will Jiot increase our expenses annually. 



Germany — A Timely Opportunity 

Your attention is called to the article in this issue by 
Rev. Bernard Schneider, and to the general action taken 
by our board as announced by the general secretary. 
Just now we are asking only that you pray very much 
about Germany as a possible field for gospel testimony 
by the Brethren people. 



Will More Missionaries Be Appointed This Year? 

At least 8 or 12 more young people will have finished 
their seminary training and be ready and anxious to 
receive appointment at the August meeting of our 
society. Our board met with most of them. "When will 
we get to go?" This is the question each one asked, and 
it is uppermost in their thinking. Some of them have 
planned for our Brethren mission fields since they were 
children — oh, how they want to go! 

But there is a delay — we have no assurance they can 
be appointed this fall. If the Lord supplies sufficient 



Our apologies to you, Fort Wnyne Brethren! Last 
month, in the foreign mission number of the Herald, we 
completely omitted the name of the Fort Wayne church 
in the list of 15 churches having the highest per-capita 
giving for foreign missions. The First Brethren Church, 
Fort Wayne, Ind., gave $17.90 per member last year, and 
should have 10th place in this list. — Russell D. Barnard. 



funds during this year, and especially during the coming 
Erster season, the board will be most happy to recom- 
mend their appointment. To care for our present mis- 
sionary progi'am S223.0C0 will be needed. New mission- 
aries can be appointed only on the basis of such funds 
as are over that amount. We solicit your earnest prayers. 



L'm'ted Building and Equipment 

Requests from our mission fields have been less this 
year as far as buildings and equipment are concerned. 
In Africa building will be limited to some en'argement 
of residences and dispensaries. If funds are sufficient 
during the next 4 years, there is a nesd for 3 additional 
residences, a missionary children's dormitory, and a new 
wing on 1 or 2 of the present dispensaries. One new 
1-ton pickup truck will be sent to arrive in June of this 
year. A small appropriation was made by the board 
toward the building of a chapel in Brazil. In our other 
fields this type of expenditure will be limited chiefly to 
upkeep and repair. 



Most Easter Mater'.als Sent 

Most of the foreign mission Easter materials have been 
sent to the pastors. One semibulletin. a letter, and oflter- 
ing envelopes are yet to be sent. There has been un- 
e.xpected delay in the manufacture and shipment of the 
"African Hut" banks. All should receive these shortly. 
If yours are late, why not delay the date of ingathering 
until during the month of May? 



Thanks for Cooperating 

We now have Missionary Outfit Clubs in 28 of our 
Brethren churches, and those in these clubs have given a 
total of $622 toward the outfit for Brother and Sister John 
Zielasko. Quite a number of pastors and churches have 
assured us that it is their purpose to cooperate, but there 
have been unavoidable delays. We wish we might have 
100-percent cooperation among all of our churches, in 
that the people might have an opportunity to help toward 
the outfit of each new missionary appointed. You may 
use the plan we have suggested, or arrange for a plan of 
your own. We urge only one thing — that people might 
have an opportunity to contribute at least SI toward the 
outfit fund of every new missionary family. We want 
the giving to be entirely voluntary on the part of inis- 
sionary-minded people. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as second class matter April 18. 1943. at the post office at Winona Lake. Ind . under 
the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Winona Lake. Ind Subscription price. $2.00 a year; 100- 
percent churches. $1.50; foreign. $3.00. Board of Directors: Arnold Kriegbaum. President; Robert D. Crees. Vice President; Walter A. Lepp, 
Secretary; Ord Gehman. Treasurer; Brvson C. Fetters. Member at Large to Executive Committee: Herman A. Hovt. S. W. Link, Mark Malles. 
Robert K A Miller. William H Schaflter. Clvde Balyo. 



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27 TO 87 MISSIONARIES IN 10 YEARS! 

^^o.r Number oj Missionaries Income Expenditure 

1943 27 $88,043.22 $69,905.48 

1944 28 106,537.71 84,065.99 

1945 30 119,116.21 76,445.88 

1946 36 125,740.68 96,869.91 

1947 43 120,124.87 136,125.43 

1948 44 120,560.41 103,945.75 

1949 44 133,582.14 150,630.80 

1950 55 144,796.33 162,846.74 

1951 59 145,225.72 141,123.49 

1952 66 180,167.88 230,424.44 

1953 O I (Pray - Give) 223,000.00 

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Estimated amount needed with no further expansion and no new missionaries. 



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1953 Zf ( (Pray - Give) 273,000.00 

T 

Estimated amount needed for present work plus 10 additional 
missionaries who will be ready for appointment in August 1953. 



A 222-Percent Increase in the Number of Missionaries 

But Only 
A 104-Percent Increase in Offerings in 10 Years 



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JOHN 

MAURINE 
JOHNNIE 



(Editor's Note— Rev. and Mrs. John S. Teeter and 
Johnnie are now on their way to Brazil, having sailed 
from New York on February 27. Brother Teeter is a 
member of the Pike Brethren Church, Mundy's Corner, 
Pa., and Mrs. Teeter is a member of the Fremont Avenue 
Brethren Church, South Pasadena, Calif. They are your 
missionaries — pray for them!) 

THE NEED IS GREAT 

Today is the "day of the Bible" in Brazil — tomorrow 
may be too late. The door is wide open in this great 
country, but how long it will be open we do not know. 
This country just recently has begun to climb the ladder 
of success in the social and political world. It is growing 
politically and spiritually. People are flocking there by 
the hundreds, especially businessmen or men of like 
character who wish to tap the imineasurable resources 
of the country. In a recent issue of the Saturday Eve- 
ning Post we read how there is a inovement on foot to 
immigrate a colony of Japanese into the Amazon River 
area. 

In the midst of thirst and forlornness, of sharp pain 
and agony, Brazil seeins crying for aid and demanding 
strong arms to help her. Rushing to her side are 2 
forces — communism and Catholicism. Communism with 
its atheism and agnosticism is ruining hundreds of lives. 
For hundreds of years the Roman clergy has tried to 
preach peace and love. Instead of peace and love, de- 
spair and hate are the fruit of their doctrines. While 
these 2 great powers are battling for men's souls, where 
is true evangelical Christianity? 

Thank God the Brethren Church is in the fight. The 
Lord has called us as soldiers to go to the battlefront in 
Brazil. We are only following the orders of the great 
Commander and we trust that you, too, will follow His 
orders by remembering us in your prayers so that we 
will have the spiritual ammunition and strength to do 
battle with our spiritual archenemy. 

The Lord has answered this prayer in my life: 

"Lord, send me; oh, send me forth I pray. 
The need is great, Thy call I will obey. 
Thy love compels me; I must go; 
I'm willing, ready, longing to go." 

—John S. Teeter (Rom. 15:21). 



THE BRAZILSAN CALL 

We have often heard missionary messages preached on 
"The Macedonian Call," yet Scripture never becomes 
"old" or "worn-out." As we read once again the words 
of Acts 16; 10, we are stirred anew as we think of the 
privilege that will be ours in just a few days. The Scrip- 
ture says, "And after he had seen the vision, immadiately 
we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gather- 
ing that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel 
unto them." Just as certain are we of the call of the 
Lord to the land of Brazil. "Behold, I have set before 
thee an open door," and as we seek to enter this door at 
a truly opportune time when it is thrust wide open for 
the Gospel, we cannot but praise Him for His grace and 
great faithfulness in the way He has led. It has not been 
one momentous unfolding of His will for our lives a 
number of years ago. but it has been a step-by-step, 
day-by-day leading. 

I was in high school in Los Angeles, Calif., when the 
Lord spoke to my heart and called for my life as a mis- 
iionary. In the years that have followed He led me to 
the Brethren Church, the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, 
Grace Seminary, and now to Brazil. 

I confess that I would be fearful of going did I not 
believe firmly it) my heart that you, as fellow laborers 
with us, will be upholding us daily in prayer before the 
throne of grace. Vi'e are thankful that we have the as- 
surance that "He gueth before." and pray that He might 
use our lives to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. 

—Maurine Teeter (Phil. 3:10). 



OUTFIT FOR THE TEETERS 

Our second appeal for outfit funds is now being made 
— for Rev. and Mrs. John S. Teeter and little Johnnie. 
Information will soon be received by your Missionary 
Outfit Club chairman or your pastor. 

As mentioned above, the Teeters sailed for Brazil on 
February 27. Our board has advanced funds to the 
Teeters for the purchase of their outfit in anticipation of 
your gifts. Any amount you give above the amount 
which we have advanced to them will become an addi- 
tional part of their fund. 

The ininimum which we feel a family with one child 
must have is $2,200, and the amount which we wish thej' 
might have is $3,700. Why so much, you ask? Just re- 
member that one-half of this amount is for transporta- 
tion of the outfit and customs paid to the country \Vhere 
they go to live. These amounts are reasonable when 
you consider the cost of "setting up housekeeping" in 
the homeland. 

Pray and give through your Missionary Outfit Club! 



One-half has been supplied! Since presenting the 
need for a inotor generator for our missionaries in 
Brazil, one-half of the amount needed has been sup- 
plied by 2 families. We still need from $150 to $200 
to complete the purchase and care for transportation 
and customs. If you desire to help, please contact the 
office of the Foreign Missionary Society of the Breth- 
ren Church at Winona Lake, Ind. 



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COME OVER INTO HAWAII AND HELP US! 



It was in May 1952 that we first heard of the Brethren 
estimony which had been estabhshed by T Sgt. and Mrs. 
3dwin J. Jones in the Hawaiian Islands. As so many 
rue believers have done, they gathered people together 
or Bible study and prayer, but these folks went a steo 
arther and followed their teaching with action — 20 have 
jeen baptized and received into the fellowship of the 
Brethren Church, with many more than that now in 
Sunday school and church attendance. 

For most of the time that this work has been in prog- 
ess the Joneses have known that they would not be 
able to stay at their present post longer than July 1953. 
Hence, they sent their plea to the Foreign Missionary 
Society of the Brethren Church: "Send someone over to 
lelp us, to continue the work when we must leave." 

At the present time our society has no funds wit'i 
A'hich to start in any new area. We might possibly be 
able to give some help in passage and transportation to 
the islands for those who might go. Our plea, therefore, 
ivas for self-supporting missionaries — those who wou'd 
50 to Hawaii, earn their own livelihood, pastor this group 
Df believers, and seek at the earliest possible time to 
lave a self-supporting Brethren testimony in the islands. 
The needs and the possibilities were presented at the 
annual meeting of our society last August, and the soci- 
ty authorized the board of trustees to proceed v^-ith a 
work in Hawaii, when workers were available and in 
;he judgment of the board the opportune time had come. 

A number of our Brethren families have expressed 
nterest in the work and we anticipate that 2 or 3 fam- 
lies of workers may be in the islands in the not-far- 
iistant future, if further investigation reveals such to be 
advisable. The board has chosen one family to proceed 
;o Hawaii, assume the pastorate of the group of believ- 
rs, investigate further the possibilities, and be ready to 
jive us a written report next August. Final action will 
Drobably be taken at that time. 

Rev. and Mrs. Foster Tresise. of Los Angeles, Calif., 
have been asked by the board to undertake these re- 
sponsibilities and, if all plans carry as seem wise at the 
present time, they will leave for the islands just as soon 
as all arrangements have been completed. The society 
is making an appropriation toward their passage and 
transportation, but they will assume full responsibility 
for their own support on the field. 

Brother and Sister Tresise are both graduates of the 
Bible Institute of Los Angeles, and Mrs. Tresise is a 
graduate nurse. Until recently Brother Tresise served 
as pastor of the First Brethren Church, Fillmore, Calif. 
These dear folk realize that this is a venture by faith — 
they are undertaking a type of foreign missionary activ- 
ity which is entirely new in the Brethren Church. 

We most earnestly invite the prayer interest of all 
missionary-minded people for this endeavor. We can 
see great possibilities, not only for an expanded work 
on the same basis, but also the possibility of work on 
the same basis in any or all of our United States terri- 
torial possessions — in fact, in any land where the person 
is permitted to work for profit and is not forbidden to 
give out a gospel witness at the same time. 

There are some 21 islands in the Hawaiian group, with 
3 of these as more prominent islands. There are 2 vol- 




T;Sgt. and Mrs. Edwin J. Junes with a Siniday school 
group in Honolulu. 



canoes on the island of Hawaii, both above 13,500 feet, 
and one on the island of Maui, the crater of which is 20 
miles in circumference. The island group is located 
about 2,100 miles southwest of San Francisco; they 
occupy about 7,000 square miles and have a population 
of approximately 500,000. Density of population is 78 
per square mile as compared to 50 in the United States, 
16 in both Argentina and Bi'azil, 4.5 in French Equatorial 
Africa, 33.6 in Mexico, 195 in France, and 503 in Ger- 
many. Honolulu is the largest city, with a population 
of nearly 235,000; Hilo follows with about 100,000. 

The climate is most pleasant, especially near sea level, 
with a range of between 55 to 88 degrees. The rainfall 
varies from 25 to 400 inches per year. The soil is very 
fertile and there is an abundance of fruit, as well as 
much forest land. 

The native Hawaiian people are the most intelligent 
of the Polynesians. There are large numbers of Jap- 
anese, Chinese, Filipinos, and Caucasians, including 
Portuguese. Of course, there are now great numbers 
of United States citizens, both civilian and military. 
Very soon, possibly even before you read this presen- 
tation, Hawaii may be admitted to Statehood in the 
United States. 



CLOSED COUNTRIES 

It is one of the most startling facts of our time that 
there are more countries closed to the Christian mission- 
ary today than at any time in living memory. Something 
like one-third of the human family is cut ofT from 
Christian contacts with the outer world. 

Some of these countries, like Afghanistan and Tibet, 
have always been closed to the Gospel. Some, like 
Arabia, have been partly closed. Others, like Eastern 
Turkestan or Mongolia, have been closed in fairly recent 
times, while yet others, like the U. S. S. R. and China, 
have only lately closed their doors. 

Such a lamentable state of affairs is a direct challenge 
to the Christian church and should lie heavily on its 
conscience. — The Flame. 



March 7, 1953 



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^<^^ie4Xf4t MnUcuusAdf \^\\ ZdUo^ Mail Bo^x. 



France — 

Miss Mary Ann Habegger recently made a trip to 
Belgium to look for a place for the 4 nurses — Miss Edith 
Geske, Miss Gail Jones, Miss Marian Thurston, and 
herself — to live while attending the School of Tropical 
Nursing from March to July. A letter dated February 
16 tells of her experience. "The Lord does exceeding 
abundantly above that which we would even ask or 
think. The Lord has not rewarded me according to my 
faith, but He has rewarded a thousand times over. I 
left for Brussels Friday afternoon and arrived there 
exactly 4 hours later. 

"We will have 2 single rooms and 1 double room all 
to ourselves (located in the city of Anvers). What is 
more wonderful, it is only a 5- to 7-minute walk from 
the school. It hardly seems possible that the Lord could 
give us something so wonderful and so reasonable. We 
will be going to school all morning and a greater share 
of the afternoon, and can take our noon meals where 
we live since the lady prepares meals for her roomers if 
they care to eat there. 

"Regarding the flood in that area, Anvers didn't suffer 
much in the city itself — what happened near there is a 
different matter. The city looks clean and very neat. It 
is a city that has more American cars in it than Euro- 
pean ones. Belgium is a wealthier country than France, 
and you can tell it in every way. Regarding the lan- 
guage spoken in Anvers, the people on the street defi- 
nitely speak Flemish. If you don't understand what 
they say, and you ask them in French to repeat, they 
will reply in English in many cases." 

— Mary Ann Hahegger. 



Bekoro. Africa — 

"At last we can see our way clear to have a real junior 
Bible school on the station. Up until now it has been 
impossible because when we bring the men and their 
families in for that length of time, we have to work with 
them while they are here, and one cannot be out in the 
field where the people are and run a station school at 
the same time. We still do not have that long longed-for 
pastor for this field — and oh, how we do need one — but 
we do have some faithful medical workers who are will- 
ing to help make this school possible by helping with the 
teaching when we cannot be on the station. 

"This morning (February 5) Jake presented the junior 
Bible school plan to the men and made it plain to them 
that it was only for those who are planning on going to 
the Bible institute next year. The men and their fam- 
ilies will come and live on the station for a year. This 
will really get them in shape for the Bible institute at 
Bozoum. They have to come and build their own houses 
and take care of all their food. All we give them is the 
training. Did they still want to come'? After the c' asses 
were over this morning 13 fellows came to Jake and said 
they wanted to come. I'm sure you will rejoice with us, 
and the more so when you realize we have not made it 



easy for them. There will be about the same number 
coming from Laka land, a few local fellows and some, I 
am sure, from Beandje, so we ought to have a real good 
group with which to work. 

"The Lord has given us health and strength for the 
work and joy in it as we see His hand working. We are 
looking forward to further blessing during the rest of 
this dry season. — Jake and Freda KUever. 



Brazil— 

"We have been so busy since Christmas time that I 
hardly know where to start in telling you of the events 
that have happened. As you know, we started the 
building in Mazagao the first of December, and by the 
2;th it was ready for our first services. The building is 




pi^^fS Hf^M"-* '^ I 



The new chapel at Mazagao. Brazil. 

very nice and people have certainly taken notice of it 
since it is the only church of the believers so far in 
that town. 

"The first night in Mazagao (December 25) it rained, 
but we had almost 150 in attendance. The second night 
we had a regular preaching service, with almost 200 
present. They filled windows and everything else that 
was available. Pray with us that the Lord will use our 
worker there to His glory. His name is Jose Paulino 
Feitoso, and he is having regular services every Sunday 
morning and evening and a Wednesday evening prayer 
meeting. — Eddie Miller. 



Rio Tercero. Argentina — 

"Today (December 3) we began our D. 'V. B. S. here 
in Rio Tercero and had 24 youngsters out for it. which 
we consider a good start. Two of the institute girls, 
Nelida Zanetti and Sara Siccardi, are directing the 
school. What a blessing these young people trained in 
the institute are to the work! Several weeks ago we 
had some special meetings, with Bro. Lynn Schrock 



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PICTURES FROM ARGENTINA~(Left) Hugo Di Nardo, oj Tancacha, a graduate of the Bible institute. (Cen- 
ter) The church at Tancacha. (Right) Elena Wagner, of Cabrera, another graduate of the Bible institute. 



present to bring the messages. Rain cut down our at- 
tendanca quite a bit, especially as far as getting new- 
folks in. This Saturday and Sunday we are having a 
Christian medical doctor from Villa Maria here for 
meetings. We realize that just holding meetings is not 
the secret, but they have their place u we get out and 
make personal contacts. Hundreds of folks walk past 
our gate in the evenings to go to a big open-air dance 
pavilion a block from here. How can we get them to 
think seriously of eternal things? 

"On Sunday mornings, with the help of one of the 
capable lay members here, we give out the Gospel over 
a loudspeaker system, playing records and reading short 



messages of an evangelistic nature. When the air is still 
folks within a radius of 5 or 6 blocks around us can hear 
and understand the message. While we have seen no 
visible results as yet, we do know that a number of folks 
are hearing the Gospel — many of whom would be ver\- 
hesitant to come to a meeting. A number of Catholics 
have said of some of the messages, "Why that is the same 
thing that we believe!" They are told so often that our 
teachings are of the Devil that it surprises some to hear 
us talk of Christ and salvation. The fact that some of 
these folks are learning that we do not oppose every- 
thing that they hold to helps break down prejudices." 

— Jack B. Churchill. 



GIVE GERMANY WHAT GERMANY GAVE US 



Taose familiar with the history of the Brethren Church 
will know that our fellowship of believers began in Ger- 
m.^ny about 1708. The practices of the Bretkren with 
respect to baptism and the communion service were so 
different and our attitude against infant baptism so un- 
common that the Brethren were not wanted in Germany 
at that time. Persecution followed and the Brethren 
made their way to America in different migrations, until 
by 1-25 there were few, if any, Brethren people left in 
Germany. There has been no effective gospel testimony 
given in Germany by the Brethi'en since that time. 

Through 2 world wars and the occupations following, 
the eyes of the American people have been turned to 
Germany and, strange as it may seem, the peoples of 
these 2 grest lands are friends. Brethren have had long- 
ing eyes — eyes longing to give the gospel message in all 
of its purity back to those who first gave it to us. 

A year ajo we began a Brethren testimony in France, 
but France is only a stepping stone to Europe — and to 
Germany, we hope. Then, during last summer. Rev. and 
Mrs. Bernard N. Schneider and daughter, Lucie, m-'.de 
an extended visit in Germany, the land of Brother 
Schneider' ; birth. As a member of our foreign board. 
Brother Schneider was asked to make every possible 
investigation and evaluate Germany as a possible field 
of testimony for the Brethren Church. 

Presented in this issue of the Herald is an article by 
Brother Schneider — we trust this is the first of other; 
which will follow. During 2 board meetings, the one 
last August and the one which just closed on February 
13. the board gave consideration to Germany. The fol- 



lowing items represent the thinking of our board, and 
they are presented to you of the Brethren Church for 
your thought, suggestions, and prayer. 

1. The land of Germany is a most opportune field fcr 
testimony for the Brethren Church today. It is a land 
filled with young people — young people who are reach- 
ing out for something. They have not yet made deci- 
sions. It is the strategic time to give them the simple 
gospel message. 

2. There is much organized religion in Germany, but 
very little of the evangelistic appeal or message. It is 
almost impossible to secure a Bible or Testament in 
Germany, although prayer books are everywhere in 
evidence. 

3. Germany would not be an expensive field to enter. 
Thousands of young people, when they have been saved 
and trained, will carry the gospel message to their own 
people. 

4. Our foreign board is pleading that the Brethren 
people will pray with them that the Lord will lay His 
hand on those whom He would have to serve in Ger- 
many for the Brethren Church, such leaders as can 
pioneer in this great field. It would be such a great 
advantage if such leaders could be of German descent 
and already speak the German language fluently. 

5. Pray with us that the Lord will indicate the man 
or men and supply the needed amount, in addition to the 
funds that we need for our present large foreign mission- 
ary program, in order that we may enter into Germany 
while the season is opportune and the doors are open. 



March 7, 1952 



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THE NEED OF THE GOSPEL IN GERMANY 

By Rev. Bernard N. Schneider 
Vice President of the Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren Church 



Last summer it was my privilege to spend 4 weeks 
in Germany, the land where I was bcrn and where I 
spent the fii-st 22 years of my lire. Though some time 
was spent visiting my own people, I was very much in- 
terested in the spiritual condition of Germany. I did 
everything possible to find out about it first-hand. In 
order to be able to go when and where we wanted to, I 
rented one of those "driv'e-it-yourself" cars, in which 
we traveled nearly 2,500 miles in Germany. Whenever 
possible I went to church — every kind of church — in 
order to get a first-hand picture of the spiritual situa- 
tion. As a result, I cams away greatly saddened at the 
lack of true gospel preaching and with the conviction 
that Germany, at the present moment, is one of the most 
needy and most promising mission fields for the Gospel 
of salvation. 

Basically, there are 3 kinds of churches in western 
Germany. The Roman Catholic Church differs little 
from the Roman Catholic Church in this country. Close 
to two-fifths of westei'n Germany is nominally Roman 
Catholic. The church is state-supported. The salaries 
are paid by the state, somewhat like school teachers here 
at home. The people pay a special church tax to the 
government. There is the Evangelische Kirche, which is 
the old-line German Protestant Church, mostly Lu- 
theran. This church is about equal in size to the Roman 
Catholic group in western Germany. It is also state- 
supported, the same as the Roman Catholic. Then there 
is the "Freihe Kirche," or Free Church. This designa- 
tion is used of all organizations which are not supported 
by the state and it includes many groups, such as Inde- 
pendents, Methodists, Baptists, Pentecostals, Seventh- 
Day Adventists, and others. I even found some inde- 
pendent Catholic chuiches among them. This group in- 
cludes both fundamental and liberal organizations. These 
churches have to support themselves by free-will oflei'- 
ings. the same as here in the United States of America, 
where we have complete separation of church and state 

There are a few outstanding gospel testimonies scat- 
tered over Germany. On the whole, however, the aver- 
age person in Germany has no idea of the Gospel, as w,' 
understand it. E.xisting churches are well filled with 
reverent people who are spiritually hungry. The preach- 
ing consists mostly of well-planned sermons on human 
goodness and church loyalty. It is directed to people 
who have been born into the church (I do not mean the 
new birth), duly catechized, and confirmed. In talking 
with manv. I found that they were trusting the church to 



save them. There seemed to be an almost complete ab- 
sence, in most places, of evangelism in the old-line 
churches and personal soul-winning was an unheard-of 
idea. This seemed to me to be the greatest lack. Cer- 
tainly there can be no question as to the need of the 
Gospel in Germany today. 

Not only did Germany appeal to me as a needy field 
but also as a promising mission field. There are several 
reasons for this. First of all. western Germany is a land 
of young people. Everywhere there seemed to be crowds 
of children and young people in their teens. These young 
people are not a despondent, timid group, but full of life, 
hard-working, and much more open-minded than in 
some other lands. They have seen Germany collapse, 
old ideas and prides come to ruin, and they are question- 
ing and watching. I believe that a positive, challenging 
evangelism would win great numbers of them for the 
Lord today. It also seems to me that native talent could 
be trained and used more quickly and successfully there 
than in most places. We found the young people aggres- 
sive and studious. If captivated by the zeal of the Lord, 
they would make fine preachers and evangelists. Ger- 
many is overrun with foreign people, foreign ideas, and 
foreign laws. Many old fences and prejudices are gone. 
The land is wide open for new spiritual ideas, too. This 
is not just my own idea, but I heard this thought ex- 
pressed by a number of Christian workers in Europe, 
some of them American missionaries in other lands. 
Their conclusion ran something like this: "The greatest 
opportunity for Christ in Europe today is, doubtless, in 
western Germany." 

Our foreign mission board is greatly interested in ex- 
panding its mission fields. The Brethren Church orig- 
inated in Germany. Could it be that our Lord is calling 
us to go back there and preach the Gospel to the present 
generation, before He comes again? I am sure that the 
members of our foreign board will greatly appreciate 
your prayers, for great fields are white unto harvest and 
the time is short. We must work "while it is day: the 
night cometh, when no man can work." 




Brother Schneider 

in front oj /ii; 

bn-f/ip!nce (left). 

The church he 

attended as a 

boy (right). 

Both in Haselunnc, 

Germany. 




Miss Grace Byron Writes of Ocean Voyage 
As She Returns for 6th Time to Africa 



Miss Grace Byron 



At Sea on Board S. S. Bandama, 

January 21, 1953. 
Dear Friends, 

I am on my way to Africa for the 6th time. We 3, Miss 
Myers, Miss Bickel, and myself, boarded the S. S. Ban- 
dama, a French freighter, in New York on January 14. 
We were surprised to learn we would be stopping the 
next day in Philadelphia to unload cocoa beans. Because 
of a strike on the Philadelphia waterfront they could not 
be unloaded on the way to New York. We had a time 
of fellowship and prayer with the Aebys, Crokers, and 
Maconaghys on shipboard while the cocoa beans were 
unloaded. 

We set sail again January 16. Our next port will be 
Dakar. The Lord willing we will reach there January 
26, and 10 days later we will disembark at Douala. Our 
course took us about 200 miles north of Bermuda and 
continues southeast to Dakar. We are traveling about 
16 knots an hour. 

As we left New York a stiff breeze was blowing, but 
the sea was calm and the weather was mild for January. 
The boat rolls considerably because we have onlj' 1,000 
tons of cargo — the capacity of the ship is 7,000 tons. We 
are now in a warmer climate and have seen bunches of 
sargasso seaweed riding the waves. 

Yesterday I was on the bridge watching the wheels- 
man guide the boat. His eyes were fixed on the dial 
which indicates the course set and his hands were on the 
wheel. The wind and the waves changed the course of 
the beat constantly. Sometimes only a slight turn of the 



DIVINELY PROTECTED 

Dr. Paton tells us how often the savages of Tanna 
assembled to take his life, and in a critical moment 
some chief would stand up and, by an unlooked-for sug- 
gestion, tm-n them aside from their plan. They would 
disperse without hurting a hair of the missionary's head. 
He went through armed and furious crowds of naked 
savages determined to murder him, and escaped their 
hands. Sometimes he turned to them and commanded 
them, in the name of the God of heaven, to desist and 
disperse. At other times he saw them with their weapons 
pointed and their spears poised. In a few minutes they 
fell unused to the ground, and his life was miraculously 
spared. 

Our blessed Christ has still this power in every place 
where His servants need His protecting presence, for He 
has "all power" on earth. Kings' hearts are in His 
hands, and He can still say to all our foes, "Touch not 
mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm." — A. B. 
Simpson. 



wheel brought it back in its course, other times it took 
a strong arm and much turning of the wheel to bring the 
boat back. If it were not for the constant watch and 
strong guiding hand of the wheelsman, the ship would 
toss to and fro and drift far from the course, and never 
arrive at its destination. 

Our lives were much like that, on a restless sea of fear 
and doubt, tossing to and fro and drifting far from the 
course set, until Christ found us and set our feet upon 
the Rock and whispered, "This is the way, walk ye in it." 
The Holy Spirit is ever watchful, faithfully guiding and 
keeping us in the right way. 

It was grand renewing old friendships and making 
new ones whi'e on furlough. I spent much time at the 
Brethren Missionary Residence and praise the Lord for 
each one that makes the residence a place of rest and 
relaxation. I enjoyed the fellowship with missionaries, 
the Winona Lake church, and the seminary. 

A number of new missionaries worked in the base- 
ment, packing, making boxes and crates, and often work- 
ing far into the night. They asked me if the noise an- 
noyed me. It did not. The hammering and sawing was 
music in my ears. It was as the sound of marching feet 
of soldiers of the cross going forth to battle to loose the 
chains of the slaves of Satan. Will this army of new 
missionaries increase and continue to march forth, or 
will it be halted by lack of funds? New candidates are 
ready. He is faithful in calling them out. He has en- 
trusted the funds in your hands; II Corinthians 8:11 tells 
you what to do. We are looking forward to seeing the 
candidates going to the fields of service. 

I am praising the Lord for allowing me to return again 
to Africa that I may point boys and girls, men and 
women to the Lord Jesus Christ, that they may cease 
from their drifting and find the Way through their sea 
of fear and superstition. 

We are depending upon your continued prayers and 
upon hearing from you. 

Yours in His service. 

Grace Bvron. 



Miss 

Byron's 

home is 

at the 

top of 

this hill. 



^oAO UP St^ssAf -Hill 





EDITORIAL STAFF 

Edilor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lake. Ind- 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W.. Roanoke 15. Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168. Winona Lake. Ind- 

Home Missions Luttier L Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Paul R. Baumnn 

Winona Lake, Ind. 



Rev. Orville A. Lorenz has been 
asked to continue to supply the pul- 
pit of the La Verne, Calif,, church 
until a pastor is secured, though his 
resignation was effective January 1. 
He has moved to 203 E, Willow St., 
Pomona, Calif,, and his new phone 
number is Lycoming 9-2789 (change 
Annual, p, 70). 

The Los Angeles, Calif.. First 
church, pastored by Rev. Glenn 
O'Neal, has secured Bro. William 
Bower to have charge of the church's 
musical program. 

The Jenners, Pa., church had an 
average attendance of 120 people in 
Sunday school during the last quar- 
ter of 1952, is the report of the pas- 
tor, Rev. Victor Rogers. 

Guest preachers at the Kittanning . 
Pa.. First church during the absence 
of Pastor Gordon W, Bracker, Feb- 
ruary 22, were Bro. Bob Dain and 
Bro. Harry Fink. 

Bro. Ray Britenhiicher. of the 
Ashland, Ohio, church, died Feb- 
ruary 2, 

The branch Sunday school of the 
Dayton. Ohio, First church, meeting 
in the Cornell Heights elementary 
school building, had 66 people pres- 
ent February 15. 

A daughter, Christine Anne, was 
born to Rev. and Mrs. Charles Taber 
in France February 11. 

The Misses Edith Geske, Mary Ann 
Habegger, Gail Jones, and Marian 
Thurston, now studying at the School 
of Tropical Nursing in Belgium, 
should be addressed at 54 Amerika- 
lie. Anvers, Belgique. 

Rev. Charles Taber, studying in 
France, passed the superior diploma 
examinations and is now in the pro- 
fessor's course — a graduate class. At 
the request of the director. Brother 
Taber is class representative — a go- 
between between the students and 



the administration, which is consid- 
ered a fine opportunity. 

Dr. Harold Mason, also studying 
in France, passed his Moyen degree 
at the Alliance Francaise. 

Mail for Rev. and Mrs. John Tee- 
ter should be addressed to them at 
Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Bra- 
zil. 

The Altoona First. Leamersville. 
and Martinsburg, Pa., churches are 
planning a missionary conference 
March 29-April 5. There is to be a 
service at each church each night, 
though the speakers — Rev. and Mrs. 
Hiil Maconaghy, Mrs. Rose Foster, 
and Rev. W. A. Ogden — will rotate 
from church to church during the 
week. 




Bro. Irvin Miller, of the Meyers- 
dale, Pa., Summit Mills church, died 
the first week of February. 

The Cxiyahogri Falls. Ohio, church, 
cf which Rev, Richard L, Burch is 
pastor, held a Bible conference Feb- 
ruary 8-15 under the leadership of 
Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, cf Grace Sem- 
inary. On February 20 the church 
held a Sunday school rally with Rev, 
Harold H. Etling, of Akron, as 
speaker. 

Funeral services for Mrs. Martha 
McGlashan, of the Long Beach. 
Calif., First church, were conducted 



Public Confessions 

Los Angeles. Calif. (First) 6 

San Bernardino. Calif 1 

Additions to Membership 

Altoona, Pa. (Grace) 1 

Los Angeles, Calif. (First) 2 



February 12 by Rev, Alan S. Pearce, 
She was 97 years old. 

Miss Johanna Nielsen, missionary 
to Argentina, arrived on furlough at 
Long Beach. Calif.. February 18. 
She came by ship up the west coast 
of the Americas. 

The first campaign of the Breth- 
ren United Evangelistic Crusade is 
in progress at the Long Beach. Calif.. 
First church. Rev. R. Paul Miller is 
the evangelist. Rev. and Mrs. Paul 
Arthur and Mrs. Anne Webster are 
in charge of the music, and Mrs. 
Max (Elaine Polman) Brenneman is 
in charge of the children's me'etings. 
This campaign closes March 15. 

The Philadelphia, Pa.. First church, 
pastored by Rev. John M. Aeby, 
heard Rev. Hill Maconaghy and Rev. 
Paul Freed on a specially designated 
day of prayer, February 15. Rev. 
John Neely spoke February 25. 

Rev. H. Leslie Moore, of Meyers- 
dale, Pa., was the speaker at a Child 
Evangelism Fellowship rally at New 
Centerville. Pa., March 2. 

Dr. Paul R. Bnuman was the main 
speaker at the Erieside. Ohio, mid- 
winter Bible conference February 
15-22. 



PRAY FOR THESE SPECIAL MEETINGS 



Church 

Berne. Ind 

Long Beach. Calif. 

Fiist) 

Chico. Calif 

Peru. Ind 

Conemaugh, Pa. . 
Fremont. Ohio. . . 
Johnstown, Pa. . . 

(First) 

Spokane, Wash. , , 

Canton, Ohio 

Clay City. Ind... 
Uniontown. Pa. . . 
AUentown. Pa ... . 

Osceola, Ind 

Norwalk, Ohio . . . 



Dates Pastor 

Feb. 22-March8. Ord Gehman. 



March 
March 
March 
March 
March 



1-15 Charles Mayes 

2-9 Ward Tressler.... 

3-8 Ronald Robinson. 

8-22 Stanley Hauser. . . 

8-15 Lester Pifer 



March 8-12 W. A. Ogden.... 

March 8-22 William Schaffer. 

9-15 John Dilhng 

9-22 Ralph Burns.... 

9-22 Clyde Landrum. . 

10-22,... William Gray... 

15-29.... Ward Miller 

20-22 



March 
March 
March 
March 
March 
March 



Speaker 
Pat Henry. 

R. Paul Miller. 
Vincent Bennett. 
Paul Bauman. 
Stanley Hauser. 
Herman Hoyt. 

William Mierop. 
Robert Ashman. 
Anthony Zeoli. 
William StefHer. 
Russell Weber. 
Miles Taber. 
Walter Lepp. 
Herman Hoyt. 



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"PRAYING ALWAYS WITH ALL PRAYER" 



FOREIGN MISSIONS— 

1. Pray that in this Easter season 
the Lord's people wUl supply suffi- 
cient funds to care for our present 
foreign mission program — about 
$223,000— and that, if it is the Lord's 
will that new missionaries be ap- 
pointed next August, He will so 
enable with the sufficient additional 
amount. 

2. Pray for Mrs. Edwin J. Jones, 
who is ill again and in the hospital 
in Honolulu. 

3. Pray for Rev. and Mrs. Foster 
Tresise as they undertake self-sup- 
porting missionary work in Hono- 
lulu. 

4. Pray for Misses Grace Byron. 
Florence Bickel. and Estella Myers, 
who are now back in Africa. 

5. Pray for guidance for the 8 or 
10 young people finishing their train- 
ing in May, who desire to go to our 
mission fields as funds permit. 

6. Pray that thousands will be 
led to Christ and all believers 
strengthened in this season of in- 
tensive visitation in our various 
fields. 

7. Pray for Mrs. Rose Foster, 
who is now in the Northwest Dis- 
trict. On returning east she will 
visit churches in Pennsylvania, In- 
diana, and Ohio. 

8. Pray for the 4 nurses — Misses 
Geske, Habegger, Jones, and Thur- 
ston — now studying in the School of 
Tropical Nursing in Belgium. 

9. Pray for the John Teeter fam- 
ily, now on their way to Brazil, and 
for them and the Zielaskos in lan- 
guage study. 

10. Pray for the Barnards, now 
traveling toward the west coast, 
where Brother Barnard expects to 
begin the visitation of the churches 
in that area about March 15. 

11. Pray for the Lord's leading 
in relation to Germany as a possible 
field for Brethren testimony. 

12. Pray for the Victor Meyers 
family, waiting for permanent visas 
for Argentina. 

HOME MISSIONS— 

1. Pray for the teacher-training 
program in our church at Yakima, 
Wash., that it might be a real benefit 
to the work and result in permanent 
blessings. 

2. Pray that the Portland, Oreg . 
church will be able to complete their 

March 7, 1953 



upper auditorium in time for the 
Northwest District conference in 
July at their church. 

3. Pray for the Bible conference 
at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, during the 
Easter week with Dr. Herman A. 
Hoyt, of Grace Theological Semi- 
nary. 

4. Pray for the work in Phoeni.K, 
Ariz., under the leadership of Rev. 
J. C. McKillen, especially for financ- 
ing the purchase of property and the 
planning a much-needed building. 
Praise God for His blessings on this 
work. 

5. Pray for the executive com- 
mittee meeting of the Home Missions 
Council to be held March 12-14, that 







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wisdom from God will be given the 
members in planning the home mis- 
sion program of 1953. 

6. Pray that the Lord will pro- 
vide in the Easter off:ering the funds 
needed bv the Foreign Missionary 
Society of the Brethren Church to 
place everv missionary on the field 
who is ready to go. 

G?.ACE SEMINARY— 

1. Praise God for the gratifying 
response from a large number of our 
churches to the monthly offering 
plan; praise Him for funds coming 
in each month, sufficient unto the 
needs: nraise Him also for the an- 
nual offering now coming in. 

2. Continue to prav for the fi- 
nances of the school, that other in- 
dividuals and churches may join the 
monthly plan and that the indebted- 
ness still on our building may be 
quickly liquidated. 

3. Pray that the Lord may give 
guidance in planning the programs 
and speakers for the graduation 
events in May. 

4. Pray for the young men and 
women who will be comoletins their 
work, that each may find the Lord's 
place for him in open doors of serv- 
ice around the world. 



WMC (EAST DISTRICT)— 

1. Pray that the emphasis put on 
the family altar may bear fruit in 
causing many homes to adopt it. 

2. Pray that the Lord will bless 
the new councils and all new mem- 
bers with a vision of the work and 
our privilege in being a part of it. 

3. Pray that as adult Christians 
we might encourage the young peo- 
ple to lead separated, victorious 
lives. 

4. Pray that the birthday oft'er- 
ings may be sufficient to put a WMC 
foreign missionary on the field. 

SMM— 

1. Pray for the local SMM's as 
they strive to make their goals and 
seek to do God's will. 

2. Pray that all the Sisterhoods 
will do their best in the effort to 
reach the goal set for our national 
project. 

3. Pray for the national officers 
as they make up programs and goals 
for next year, that everything that is 
done might glorify God. 

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP— 

1. Pray that our young people will 
catch a greater missionary vision, 
and that we'll be able to support 
fully the Bekoro station in Africa as 
this year's BYF project. 

2. Pray that the program aids 
prepared for BYF will be used of 
the Lord to help our youth groups. 

3. Praj' that our summer camps, 
now being planned, will be the 
means of reaching unsaved young 
people for the Lord this year. 

4. Praise the Lord for the way 
the financial needs are being met, 
and pray that this will continue. 

5. Praise the Lord for a number 
of new boys clubs starting, and pray 
that these may really reach boys for 
Christ. 

THE HERALD— 

1. Pray for the remodeling pro- 
gram now in progress on the build- 
ing in which the Herald has its of- 
fices, store, and linotype department. 

2. Pray for Mrs. Robert Wilcox- 
son, a new employee of the company. 

3. Pray constantly that every 
word printed in either the weekly 
Herald or the Sunday school quar- 
terlies will be of the Holy Spirit. 

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THE SEVEN SAYINGS ON THE CROSS 



By Rev. R. I. Humberd, Flora, Ind. 



III. THE MESSAGE OF SALVATION. 



There were 3 crosses on Mount 
Calvary that day — our Lord in the 
midst and a thief on either side. 
Serious things indeed were passing 
through the mind of one thief as he 
considered his helpless position. 

Finally he turned to Jesus and 
said: "Lord, remember me when 
thou comest into thy kingdom. And 
Jesus said unto him. Verily I say 
unto thee, To day shalt thou be with 
me in paradise" (Luke 23:42-43). 

The Greatest Faith 

If I were asked for the greatest 
display of faith on record I might 
point to the penitent thief. Verily, 
in all the annals of human history 
is there recorded an act so rare? 
Did ever a faith so great hang upon 
a thread so slim? 

Just what did that thief see? 
Verily he saw a man spiked to a 
Roman cross: His back was a mass 
of torn flesh and blood: His brow 
was pierced with countless thoi-ns: 
His face was covered with sweat, and 
blood, and spit, and dirt. And yet, 
in that suffering form, the thief saw 
a king and a kingdom and identified 
himself with both. Verily, did ever 
a sight so vile beget a faith so great'' 

But faith cometh not by sight, but 
by hearing the Word of God (Rom. 
10:17). But no Gospel was preached 
on Mount Calvary that day. Where, 
then, did the thief hear the Word of 
God? May he not have been a 
young man. reared in a godly home 
where the sacred scroll was often 
read? 

True, there was a veil over the 
Jewish heart when the Old Testa- 
ment was read. "Nevertheless when 
it [the heart] shall turn to the Lord, 
the vail shall be taken awav" (II 
Cor. 3:16). 

It was thus in my own life. My 
mind moves' back to that snowy 
night when a small ciowd gathered 
at the little country church. The 
minister got us over on the west side 
by the stove, and had us memorize 
Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace are 
ye saved through faith: and that not 
of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 



not of works, lest any man should 
boast." 

I memorized the words, but they 
meant absolutely nothing to me. 
Time passed, and then one night I 
sat with my chair tilted back against 
the wall. Someone quoted Ephesians 
2:8-9, the Lord pulled back the veil 
upon my heart, and they say I came 
down with a "bang." Verily, it was 
the sweetest message I had ever 
heard — salvation by the grace of 
God. 

The Thiej's Mind 

With these thoughts before us, let 
us peep into the mind of that thief 
and see what may be passing there. 

I wonder how soon I will die . . . 
DIE . . . what a fearj^d word jor me 
. . . here 1 am, a young man, in per- 
fect health, and soon 1 will be dead. 
. . . Father niten read from the 
sacred scroll, "My son, if sinners en- 
tice thee, consent thou not" (Prov. 
1:10). 

But Barabbas was so insistent . . . 
I kneiD Barabbas was a wicked man. 
... J kneiv I should not go out ivith 
him in that robbery that night . . . 
but Barabbas was so determined . . . 
and then, he promised me a great 
share in the loot, and assured me 
there uias absolutely no danger of 
being caught . . . but here I am. as 
father often read, "The soul that 
sinneth, it shall die." 

I wonder where Barabbas is . . . 
he ought to be on that center cross 
. . . but that man is not Barabbas . . . 
I wonder who he is . . . he seems to 
have such peace. 

What else can 1 remember? Oh, 
yes, "He was wowided for our trans- 
gressions, he was bruised for our 
iniquities" (Isa. 53.5). "He" was 
wounded ... I wonder who that 
"he" is. It isn't I. I am wounded 
for my oion transgressions. 

What else? "He is brought as a 
lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep 
before her shearers is dumb, so he 
openet/i not his mouth" (Isa. 53:7). 
"He" is brought ... I wonder loho 
that "he" is ... It isn't I; I fought 
like a tiger . . . it is just like the man 



on the center cross . . . just like a 
lamb ... 7 wonder who he is. 

The Lost Sheep 

Can I remember more? . . . "All 
we like sheep have gone astray" — 
ah, that's I . . . that's I . . . just like 
a sheep ... a sheep doesn't aim to 
get lost . . . he just wanders away. 
Father used to send me out after the 
lost sheep ... I wish someone would 
come out after me. . . . 

"We have tt rned every one to his 
own way" (Isa. 53:6). . . . Yes. that 
is I too . . . I would not listen ... 7 
went my own way . . . just like a 
sheep and now I am lost ... I w>sh 
someone loould bring yne home. . . . 

"The Lord hath laid on him the 
iniqtdty of us all" ... I ivonder who 
that "him" is. And just then the 
Holy Spirit reached far back into the 
dark avenues of that young thief's 
mind and pulled back the veU — Oh! 
It's He! . . . It's He! . . . Lord, re- 
member me when thou co7Jiest into 
thy kingdom! 

The head on the center cross 
moves around: the lips part: "To day 
shalt thou be with me in paradise." 

Verily, there was a thief — a man 
not fit to live on earth — suddenly 
made fit to live in heaven through- 
out an endless eternity. Unseen 
hands had lifted the load of sin from 
ofiE his shoulders and placed it on 
Him on the center cross. The thief 
rejoiced in a new-found salvation. 



PROPHECY FOR NEW ENGLAND 

New England is to have its first 
area-wide prophetic confei-ence of 
the century at the Immanuel Baptist 
Church, Newton, Mass., March 18-22. 

Among the speakers are to be Dr. 
Ralph L. Keiper, professor at the 
Philadelphia Bible Institute: Dr. 
Merrill C. Tenney, dean of the grad- 
uate department of Wheaton Col- 
lege: and Dr. John F, Walvoord, 
president of Dallas Theological Sem- 
inary. 

One unique phase of the confer- 
ence will be the rex'iew of 7 books 
on prophecy in the afternoon ses- 
sions. 



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Blessed Names of Our Lord 



SOUTHEAST YOUTH ELECT 
NEW OFFICERS 

Eighty-two young people were 
registered, and many more attended, 
the Southeast District youth rally at 
the Roanoke, Va., Ghent church 
February 13-14. Conard Sandy was 
the chief speaker at the rally, and a 
wonderful time was enjoyed. 

New district BYF officers elected 
were Bud Hughes, of Johnson City, 
Tenn., president; Betty Lyle, of 
Boone Mill, Va., vice president; 
Carole Kingery, of Roanoke, secre- 
tary: and Lynwood Catron, also of 
Roanoke, treasurer. Rev. John J. 
Burns, of Johnson City, is advisor 
to the group, and Rev. Galen Ling- 
enfelter, Buena Vista, Va., is assist- 
ant advisor. 

Next rally will be April 10-11 at 
Limestone, Tenn., featuring Evan- 
gelist Bill Smith and Youth Director 
Ralph Colburn as speakers. 



EAST DISTRICT YOUTH FEATURE 
VALENTINE THEME AT RALLY 

"All My Heart for Christ" was the 
theme of the East District youth 
rally held February 13-14 at Mey- 
ersdale. Pa. Seventeen churches 
were represented in the attendance, 
125 were housed overnight by the 
host church, and 190 were present 
for the banquet on Saturday. 

Prof. John Whitcomb, of Grace 
Seminary, was the chief speaker, 
and also showed slides of Palestine 
at the Friday night service to a ca- 
pacity crowd. Rev. Stanley Hauser, 
pastor of the Conemaugh church, 
spoke at the Saturday morning Bible 
hour. 

Rev. Gerald W. Teeter, pastor at 
Martinsburg, is youth rally director, 
and announces that the next rally 
will be held in Altoona, May 8-9. 



NEW CHURCH PUBLISHES 
BBC PAPER 

The Washington Heights Brethren 
Church of Roanoke, Va., began in 
February the publication of a neat, 
bulletin-size biweekly paper with 
news, humor, devotional articles. 



iBy Rev. Charles Ashman, Rittman, Ohio; 
iX. "NAZARENE." 



Some of the names of the Lord 
were of twofold application. His 
enemies used them in scorn and de- 
rision and His disciples used them 
in love and honor. Such was the 
name "Nazarene." Matthew (in 2: 
23) indicates that the name was a 
fulfillment of Old Testament proph- 
ecy. To find his reference one must 
po to Isaiah 11:1 and search the 
Hebrew, for in that passage the word 
translated "rod" is basically the 
same as Nazareth and most com- 
mentators agree that from this word 
the name "Nazareth" was derived. 

The name was applied to Christ 
because He dwelt in Nazareth, a 
small city in northern Palestine. 
This name clung to Jesus for his 
entire life. It was His name among 
the masses — "Jesus of Nazareth 
passeth by." He even was known by 
this name in the realm of the spirits. 
Evil spirits knew Hiin and feared 
Him under this name. The angels 
on the resurrection mornin<? called 
Him this, and Christ applied the 
name to Himself. It is small won- 
der then that the disciples in their 
later lives and in their work con- 
tinually used the name "Nazarene — 
Jesus of Nazareth." 

If His friends knew Him by this 
name, how much more His enemies. 
To them it was a name of derision 



and cursing. Nathanael's word of 
doubt, "Can there any good thing 
come out of Nazareth?" best com- 
prehends their attitudes. The Jews 
in the name Nazarene opposed and 
rejected Christ and vented all their 
antagonism and "the word became a 
Jewish heritage of bitterness." Even 
when He died on the cross it was the 
bitter hatred of the priests that 
caused this name to be written by 
Pilate above His cross. 

If the name stands for devotion 
and love — and it does to every Chris- 
tian—it is certain that it stands for 
the bitter and undying hatred of our 
Lord by His enemies. What does it 
stand for to you today? 

How do you use the Saviour's blest 

name? 
Do you speak it in love or use it in 

vain? 
When "Jesus Christ" escapes you in 

word. 
Is your anger all hot and your think- 
ing all blurred? 
Do you love the Christ of Calv'ry 

enough 
To say "No" to Satan and call off 

his bluff? 
When you use the names of God and 

His Son, 
Is it honor or cursing that is being 

done? 



nature studies, and ads. The ad- 
vertising is cheap — 30 words for 5c. 
and a year's subscription to the 
paper is only 40c! Allen Pollard is 
circulation manager, and we suspect 
has editorial duties, too. A very 
neat and praiseworthy enterprise! 
Right now they're closing a contest 
for a name for the paper. 



being made for a really top-notch 
camp program at moderate cost. 

Watch these columns for a com- 
plete rundown on camp dates, ages, 
and prices for all our youth camps. 



CENTRAL DISTRICT CHANGES 
CAMP DATES AND SITE 

Summer camp will come later this 
year for young people of the Central 
District. Camp dates are set for 
August 2-15, and it will be held in 
a beautiful spot by a lake in Michi- 
gan, about 20 miles from our Lake 
Odessa church. It will still be known 
as Camp Indisinewa, and plans are 



LEAMERSVILLE YOUTH 
PUBLISH BYF PAPER 

Young people of the Leamersville, 
Pa., Brethren church have joined the 
ranks of the publishers, and mimeo- 
graph a monthly "BYF Beacon" car- 
rying news, devotional articles, and 
a chorus of the month. More power 
to you, Leamersville! It's good ex- 
perience and lots of fun, too! 



A smile goes a long way, but 
you're the one who must start it on 
its journey. — Grit. 



March 7, 1953 



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CHURCHES^ 

Modesto, California (La Loma) 

We are planning for a return en- 
gagement with Dr. Vincent Bennett, 
of Pasadena, Calif., beginning on 
Easter Sunday morning, April 5, and 
continuing through the following 
Sunday. We had a large number of 
decisions in our former meeting with 
him, so are looking forward to a time 
of blessing. 

One of the local dealers is setting 
in a Hammond organ for this week 
of meetings and the choir is planning 
for special music. 

Five people recently were bap- 
tized and received into the member- 
ship of the church; others are await- 
ing letters of transfer to this church. 

Mrs. Painter has recovered from 
her recent surgery in a miraculous 
way and is able again to assume her 
regular duties in the home, for which 
we give the Lord the glory. — Harold 
D. Painter, pastor. 

Martinsburg, Pennsylvania 

Our church, pastored by Rev. 
Gerald Teeter, had Miss Madeline 
Smith, member of the local church 
and missionary of the Chicago Jew- 
ish Mission, as the speaker Jan- 
uary 4. 

The prayer meeting reached a new 
high January 21 with 83 people pres- 
ent. During the last quarter this 
service averaged 65. All the other 
services of the church show an in- 
crease in average attendance, with 
the Sunday school averaging 208 
during the last quarter. 

On January 25 the church or- 
dained 2 deacons and 2 deaconesses. 
— Sara E. Snider, corresponding sec- 
retary. 

Grafton, West Virginia 

The attendance at our various 
services has been fine during the 
past few weeks, with 103 in Sunday 
school February 22. The Sunday 
evening attendance is averaging 85. 

Since January 1 we have had 3 
first-time confessions, 3 baptisms, 5 
additions to church membership (2 
by letter). Our pastor. Rev. Lee 
Crist, who recently came to us, and 



Plan "Library Packages" for Missionaries 



The Van Kampen Press, of Whea- 
ton. 111., has launched a program to 
place books on the mission fields of 
the world for the use of the mission- 
aries. 

This company has assembled a 
"library package" of books dealing 
with theology, the devotional life, 
missionary work, academic studies, 
music, and fiction. The needs of the 
missionaries and the new converts 
have been kept in mind in making 
the selection of books for the pack- 
age. 

The total value of this "library 
package" exceeds $1,000 at listed 
prices, yet any person desiring to 
send a package to a mission field 
may do so for $350. For this sum the 
Van Kampen Press people will fur- 
nish the books, pack them for ship- 
ping, and pay all transportation 
ch'irges to the mission station any- 
where in the world. This is indeed 
a fine missionary act on their part. 



The missionary receiving the books 
is requested to set up a library ar- 
rangement by which the books will 
be given as wide a circulation as 
possible. The name of the donor will 
be given to the missionary and the 
missionary is requested to furnish 
the donor an annual report on the 
use made of the books. 

The "library package" does not 
become the property of the mission- 
ary, but it becomes the property of 
the station, to be left there for other 
missionaries and the converts who 
will be able to use them. 

Anyone interested in further in- 
formation or in sending a "library 
package" to one or more of our mis- 
sion stations should contact the office 
of the Foreign Missionary Society of 
the Brethren Church. Winona Lake, 
Ind. If any reader is interested, let 
this be a project over and above 
your gifts for foreign missions 
through the regular offering so vi- 
tally needed this vear. 



our Bible school superintendent, 
Bro. Earl Brown, are working to- 
gether to cause this work to grow. — 
A. D. Comp, reporter. 

South Pasadena, Calif. 

Rev. Thomns Hammers gave 6 
years to our South Pasadena Breth- 
ren church as pastor. Our church 
was practically a mission church 
when he came to us. Under his able 
leadershio the Lord blessed numer- 
ically and soiritually. The church 
edifice was freed from debt. Needed 
improvements were made. All fi- 
n-incial obligations were promotly 
met. The offerings for special in- 
tei'ests were generous. 

Bi-other Hammers was a faithful 
oastor, always willing to give the 
limit of time and strength to the 
church. By example pnd exhorta- 
tion he constantlv challenged us to 
prayer and personal visitation. He 
was evangelistic and missionary in 
his emohases. He always had a great 
burden for revival and soul-winning. 
His oreaching was both instructive 
and insoirational. 

Because of his nersonal contacts 
with them, many friends from the 
communitv became frequent wor- 
shioers with us and gave financial 
support as well. He had a system of 



publicity which kept them and the 
members well-informed. 

We praise the Lord for the privi- 
lege of having our brother as pastor, 
and for the fellowship we have en- 
joyed in being colaborers with him 
in the Lord. We count it a real loss 
that he has left us. Our loss be- 
comes Seattle's gain and our prayers 
will be for the Lord's blessing to be 
upon this new Brethren church and 
their first pastor. Rev. Thomas Ham- 
mers. 

His faithful wife, Mary, is greatly 
missed. She gave valuable service 
in music, teaching, visitation, and 
generous hospitality. She is greatly 
beloved by all. 

Wm. J. Garber. 

Moderator. 

O. J. Hammer, 
Recording Secretary. 
(Dr. C. H. Ashman is interim 
pastor.) 



GRAHAM IN CHATTANOOGA 

The Billy Graham evangelistic 
party will hold meetings in Chatta- 
nooga, Tenn., from March 15 to 
April 10. Two hundred churches 
are cooperating. A permanent tab- 
ernacle seating 10.000 persons is be- 
ing erected. 



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II 



LOOK" 



By Rev. Clyde K. Landrum, Uniontown, Pa. 



From a inessage preached on the 
"Gospel Truth" radio program, Urir- 
iontown, Pa. 



Seme of the most picturesque and 
descriptive language of the Bible is 
found in the Book of Isaiah. In this 
book Messiah is spoken of as "a rod 
out of the stem of Jesse, and a 
branch growing out of his roots." 
In one place in the book doom is e.x- 
pressly pronounced in these words: 
"Woe to the land shadowing with 
wings." In chapter 41 the admoni- 
tion is to keep silence, while in 
chapter 58 it is to "cry aloud." The 
author asks his hearers in chapter 
60 to "rise and shine," and in the 
64th he calls upon God to "rend the 
heavens." 

For our consideration today let us 
examine Isaiah 45:22, which says: 
"Look unto me, and be ye saved, all 
the ends of the earth: for I am God. 
and there is none else." To say that 
this is picturesque language is gross 
understatement; to say that it is ex- 
pressive is to take the fii'st step on 
the long journey of true evaluation. 
It literally sparkles with gems of ex- 
pressive truth. This expressiveness 
is exemplified in its pulsating action, 
its glorious attraction, and its soul- 
saving transaction. 

The Action 

Notice the action of the verse as 
expressed in the word "look." There 
is action, movement, and drama in 
the word. It speaks more of action 
than most any word in the English 
language. If you are doubtful about 
this statement, just stop some day 
on a busy street corner, raise your 
arm, point heavenward, and shout, 
"Look!" I'll guarantee you a good- 
sized crowd of fellow gazers! 

As I think back on my childhood 
days I can recall many instances 
where this word "look" was the very 
essence of expressiveness. "Look at 
the baby!" was a command so im- 
perative that all else was dropped to 
focus attention on the youngest 
member of the family! There was 
no mistaking the warning in the ex- 
clamation, "Look! There is a snake 
in the path!" And one could feel 
the excitement and anticipate the 



glories to be beheld when he heard 
someone say, "Look! There is a 
beautiful rainbow across the sky!" 

In Isaiah 45:22 the imperative is 
issued by the eternal God. As He 
speaks thi'ough Isaiah, chief of the 
writing prophets. He issues more 
than an imperative — He issues an 
invitational command. It is an in- 
vitation to men everywhere to turn 
their eyes to the God of help; a com- 
mand to turn to Him from lifeless 




Rev. Clyde Landrum 

idols while there is still time. For, 
as is stated in the 23d verse, God 
saj's that eventually all will bow the 
knee to Him. This is true, even 
though some will have to bow the 
knee to Him as their Judge! This 
brings us to our second considera- 
tion: 

The Attraction 

The verse says, "Look unto me." 
The command is not to look into 
one's own heart for spiritual help, 
for there is no help there, even in 
the finest of moral men, for as Isaiah 
says in another place, "All our right- 
eousnesses are as filthy rags." Isa- 
iah's listeners are not asked to look 
to high social achievement, for this 
does not bring true happiness. Nei- 
ther are men urged to look to human 
leaders — brilliant though they may 
be; to education — as profitable as 
that is; to membership in any or- 
ganization, nor to pious performance 
of religious ritual. But men are in- 
vited — yes, urged — commanded to 
look to the omnipotent God, who al- 
ways stands ready to help. 

When the Israelites were suffering 
from the bite of the serpent in the 
wilderness God asked Moses to make 
a serpent of brass, place it upon a 
pole, and ask all afflicted ones who 



desired to be cured to look on that 
brazen serpent. They were to look 
if they were to live. Yes, they 
were to look at the serpent, if they 
were to live. 

It was not altogether easy for Isa- 
iah to ask his hearers to look to the 
eternal God. They had sinned and 
were not interested in looking to 
God. But can't you feel the pathos 
in his voice as he urged them to turn 
their eyes upon the true and living 
God, the God of majesty and holi- 
ness, the God who could and would 
be to them a shelter in the time of 
storm? There was good reason to 
ask them to look to God, because as 
they looked to Him in faith believ- 
ing, there was to be consummated 
a worth-while result. 

The Transaction 

"Look unto me, and be ye saved." 
If one is willing to look he can be 
saved. In Numbers 21:9 we see the 
results of the Israelites' look in the 
wilderness. "If a serpent had bitten 
any man, when he beheld the ser- 
pent of brass, he lived." In John 
3:14-15. Jesus, in dealing with Nico- 
demus, used the serpent incident as 
an illustration. He said, "And as 
Moses lifted up the serpent in the 
wilderness, even so must the Son of 
man be lifted up: that whosoever 
believeth in him should not perish, 
but have eternal life." 

The brass of the serpent symbol- 
ized judgment. Jesus Chi'ist, the 
Son of God. judged sin as He hung 
on the cross. It was to this remedy 
for sin to which Jesus asked Nico- 
demus to look. So, whether in Isa- 
iah's time, in the time of Christ, or 
in this present day God stands ready 
to complete the great transaction for 
all who will look to Him in faith. 
And as one looks to Him and accepts 
Him as Saviour he can shout with 
the writer of the old hymn: 

" 'Tis done, the great transaction's 
done, 
I am my Lord's and He is mine!" 

The wonderful thing about God's 
invitation is its inclusiveness! As 
Isaiah spoke to the people of his day, 
his invitation was to "all the ends of 
the earth." It is the same inclusive- 
ness as expressed in John 3:16 by 



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"whosoever," and the same as spo- 
ken in the Gospel of Matthew, chap- 
ter 11 and verse 28 in the words 
"all ye." 

The inclusiveness becomes the 
stronger as one sees the exclusive- 
ness of the One extending the invi- 
tation: "For I am God. and there is 
none else." How thrilled Isaiah 
must have been to be able to invite 
the whole world to share in a plan of 
salvation which was underwritten 
by the only true and living God I 
The heathen had their many idols, 
but they received no help from 
them. Isaiah preached a salvation 
backed up by a God who alone is 
able to save! 

This is the same invitation which 
is open to all today who have never 
accepted Christ as Saviour. Won't 
you, unsaved reader, look to Jesus, 
the Lamb of God, and be saved to- 
day? Will you continue to look to 
the things of this world for satisfac- 
tion, or will you look to Jesus? The 
invitation and promise of the song 
writer are yours today: 

"Turn your eyes upon Jesus, 

Look full in His wonderful face; 
And the things of earth will grow 
strangely dim 
In the light of His glory and 
grace." 



ASSEMBLIES OF GOD REJECT RSV 

The Assemblies of God, through 
their elected officials, have declared 
they cannot endorse the Revised 
Standard Version of the Bible, ac- 
cording to the Pentecostal Evangel, 
the denominational paper. 

The statement says: "We cannot 
approve the Revised Standard Ver- 
sion for general use. It is our opin- 
ion that the Revised Standard Ver- 
sion will not take the place of the 
King James Version v/hich has been 
so universally eccepted and loved by 
the English-speaking people of the 
world. The Gospel Publishing House 
(publishing agency for the Assem- 
blies) will continue to use the King 
James Version as the basic text in 
all of its pubhcations." 



HERALD IS A CHALLENGE 

"Enclosed you will find . . . S2 for 
renewal of my subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald. We do 
appreciate the fine effort that is put 
forth in printing this wonderful 
Christian magazine. It is a real 
blessing and challenge in our hearts. 
May God bless you for your true 
stand upon His Word. (Signed) 
Mrs. Paul Buckland." 



MYSTERY OF CALVARY 

By Leona D, Cole. Long Beach. Calif. 

Jew and gentile, scribe and Pharisee 

Were in the mob that clamored for the tree. 

They followed up the hill and did not know 

That it was love, not scourge, that made Him go. 

The soldiers, among the howling, rabble bands, 
Made sure the spikes that tore His feet and hands. 
Their exultation pierced the murky air — 
But it was love, not nails, that held Him there. 

— Reprinted from Sunday School Times. 




Rev. Arthur F. Collins was or- 
dained to the ministry at the Berrien 
Springs, Mich., church, of which he 
is pastor, February 19. Rev. Ord 
Gehman, of Berne, Ind., presided at 
the service and led in the ordination 
prayer: Dr. Homer A. Kent, of Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind., read the Scriptures 
and gave the charge to the church: 
Rev. Miles Taber, of Ashland, Ohio, 
led in the questions and vows and 
gave the charge to the candidate: 
Rev. Ralph S. Burns, of Clay City, 
Ind., was in charge of the music and 
gave 2 special numbers. 

Bro. Frank L. Crawford, vice 
moderator of the local congregation, 
rerd the authorization, and his 
daughter, Carolyn Beth, was the 
pianist. 

Brother Collins has been serving 
the Berrien Springs church since 
April 1950. 



TORREY JOHNSON RELEASED 

Dr. Torrey M. Johnson has been 
released by his church so he can 
become a minister-at-large to the 
entire church of Jesus Christ. 

The 43-year-old Johnson began 
the Midwest Bible Church of Chi- 
cago in a home in 1933 with 25 mem- 
bers. Today the church has more 
than 1,000 members and meets in a 
"converted" garage that seats 1,200. 
which is weekly crowded to capac- 
ity. Also Dr. Johnson was the 
founder and first president of Youth 
for Christ. 

The new work into which Dr. 
Johnson is entering is intensive 
evangelism on a wider scale than 
permitted in a pastorate. 




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LUME 15, NUMBER 11 






WMC NUMBER 



MARCH 14, 1953 




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— Photo by Allen Zook. 



FORSAKEN 

This wagon, left to rot away, reminds of man's neglect; 

But Christ His own will keep alway; His saints He'll ne'er reject. 

(See Matt. 28:18-20; Heb. 13:5-6) 




EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lake, Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lalce. Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W.. Roanoke IS. Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



The Washington, D. C, church, 
pastored by Rev. James Dixon, had 
Rev. Kenneth Ashman, of Wooster, 
Ohio, as special speaker March 4. 

Mrs. Indiana Cole, of the Glen- 
dale, Calif., church, died February 
22. Rev. George M. Richardson, of 
Bellflower, conducted the funeral. 

Rev. Richard P. DeArmey, Grace 
Seminary senior, resigned as pastor 
of the Sidney, Ind., church effective 
in May, at which time he will have 
served the church 4 years. He has 
accepted the pastorate of the Water- 
loo, Iowa, church effective about 
June 1. 

The Yakima, Wash., church, pas- 
tored by Rev. Russell Williams, is to 
entertain the Northwest District 
WMC rally March 27. Rev. Thomas 
Hammers preached there February 
22. 

Miss Ava Schnittjer, choir director 
at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, church, 
was awarded the Master of Arts de- 
gree by the University of Iowa in 
February. 

The Leeshurg, Ind., church, pas- 
tored by Rev. Nathan Meyer, plans 
to assume the main part of the fi- 
nancial support of Mr. and Mrs. 
Thomas Inman this summer as they 
minister at the Brethren church in 
Taos, N. Mex., helping the Horneys. 
Brother Inman will graduate from 
Grace Seminary in May and with his 
wife plans to serve on the foreign 
mission field in God's time. 

The Leamersville, Pa., church, of 
which Rev. Robert D. Crees is pas- 
tor, voted to assume the support of 
one of its members, Mrs. Victor 
(Lucinda Rogers) Meyers, when the 
Meyerses go as missionaries to Ar- 



gentina. This church publicly hon- 
ored 47 of its people who attended 
Sunday school 50 or more Sundays 
in 1952. 

Speakers at the Los Angeles, Calif., 
Third church, pastored by Rev. 
James C. Beatty, during February 
were Rev. Jerry A. Yerian, Rev. 
Robert Kliewer, and Dr. Robert 
Schaper. 

Bro. Frank McCoy, of the Mar- 
tinsburg, W. Va., church, died Jan- 
uary 27. 

The Alexandria, Va., church plans 
dedicatory services for its new build- 
ing March 29. Rev. Kenneth Teague 
is pastor of this church. 

At the Martinsburg. W. Va., church 
71 people have been baptized and 
most of them have united with the 
church since October 1950. Rev. 
William Smith, of Washington, D. C, 
spoke there recently, and February 
14-15 the "King's Ambassadors" of 
King's College presented programs. 




Miss Minnie Swearman, of the 
Summit Mills church at Meyersdale, 
Pa., died February 25. The funeral 
was conducted by her pastor. Rev. 
H. Leslie Moore. 

The men's quartet from Westmont 
College, Santa Barbara, Calif., con- 
ducted the morning service at the 
La Verne, Calif., church March 8. 

Mrs. Cora E. Brant, of Harrisburg, 
Pa., for many years a member of 
the Johnstown, Pa., First church, 
died February 15. The funeral was 
held at the Johnstown church. 

Mrs. Henry Orris, for more than 
50 years a member of the Johnstown, 
Pa., First church, died February 15. 

The Canton, Ohio, church held an 
installation service for Pastor John 
Dilling February 22 with the Breth- 
ren pastors of the Northern Ohio 
District in charge. 

Rev. Stan Cook and a quartet were 
in charge of the service on youth 
night, March 6, at the Philadelphia, 
Pa., First church, of which Rev. John 
Aeby is pastor. 



Rev. Joseph Hoffmann, member of 
the Los Angeles, Calif., First church 
and chaplain of the Los Angeles Fire 
Department, teaches a Bible class at 
the Hughes Aircraft Plant. 

Selesta Cordell, of the Waynes- 
boro, Pa., church, died February 5. 

Of the 6 people who were baptized 
and received February 28 into the 
membership of the Sharpsville, Ind., 
church 4 are members of the same 
family. Bro. Scott Weaver, senior 
in Grace Seminary, is pastor of the 
church. 

Mrs. William A. Hamilton, of the 
North Riverdale church at Dayton, 
Ohio, died February 18. 

The average weekly oflfering at 
the Wooster, Ohio, church since 
January 1 has been $632. 

Dr. Raymond Gingrich, president 
of Akron, Ohio, Bible Institute, has 
announced a course on Biblical 
Archeology as a new venture for the 
school. Rev. Russell Ward, of our 
Cleveland, Ohio, church, will intro- 
duce the course with a series of 10 
lectures, March 16-20. Dr. Paul R. 
Bauman, of Winona Lake, Ind., will 
present the final lectures in the se- 
ries May 18-22. 

The Everett, Pa., church has in- 
stalled a baptistry and used it for 
the first time February 18 for the 
baptism of 3 people. On February 
22 there was 1 public decision for 
Christ and 2 united with the church. 
Rev. Homer Lingenfelter is pastor 
of this church. 

The Osceola, Ind., church held a 
missionary rally February 22 with 
Dr. Russell D. Barnard, general sec- 
retary of the Foreign Missionary So- 
ciety of the Brethren Church, and 
Miss Ruth Snyder, missionary on 
furlough from Africa, as the speak- 
ers. 

We are sorry, but there are no 
more Brethren Missionary Heralds 
of the February 28 issue concerning 
the Revised Standard Version of the 
Bible. The articles that appeared in 
that issue, with some other material, 
are being printed in a 40-page book- 
let and will be available in the near 
future. Watch these columns for the 
time of publication and the price. 
Pray that the Lord will use these 
booklets to help many people to see 
the truth concerning His eternal 
Word. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as second class matter April 16. 1943. at the post office at Winona Lake. Ind.. under 
the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Winona Lake, Ind. Subscription price. $2.00 a year: 100- 
percent churches. $1.50: foreign, $3.00. Board of Directors: Arnold Kriegbaum. President: Robert D, Crees. Vice President: Walter A. Lepp. 
Secretary: Ord Gehman. Treasurer: Bryson C. Fetters. Member at Large to Executive Committee: Herman A. Hoyt. S. W. Link. Mark Malles. 
Robert E A. Miller. William H. Schaffer, Clyde Balyo. 



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lERALD AIDS ISOLATED MEMBERS 

"Enclosed find my renewal sub- 
cription of $2 for the Brethren 
lissionary Herald. I was saved in 
he Sharpsville, Ind., Grace Breth- 
en Church 7 years ago. Since that 
Lme I have taken your magazine. 

"Since moving to Missouri a year 
go, I have been unable to attend 
hurch but a few times on Sun- 
ay nights. There are no Brethren 
hurches in Missouri, and we are so 
ar from any kind of church. I do 
isten to several good gospel pro- 
grams on the radio. Your magazine 
las always been such a blessing and 
lelp to me, more so in the past year 
han ever before. (Signed) Gladys 
loe, Barnumton, Mo." 

[Think of it, brethren; we do not 
lave a Brethren church in Missouri. 
t is no wonder this lady finds much 
lelp through the pages of her de- 
lominational paper. — Ed.] 



PRAY FOR THESE SPECIAL MEETINGS 



Church. 
Long Beach, Calif. 

(First) 

Conemaugh, Pa . . 
Fremont, Ohio . . . 
Spokane, Wash . . . 

Canton, Ohio 

Clay City, Ind.... 
Uniontown, Pa . . . 
Allentown, Pa. . . . 

Osceola, Ind 

Norwalk, Ohio... 

Akron, Ohio 

Cedar Rapids, 

Iowa 

Dayton, Ohio (N. 

Riverdale) .... 



Dates 

March 1-15 

March 8-22 

March 8-15 

March 8-22 

March 9-15 

March 9-22..... 

March 9-22 

March 10-22.... 

March 15-29 

March 20-22.... 
March 29- Apr. 5. 



Pastor 



Speaker 



Charles Mayes R. Paul Miller. 

Stanley Hauser... Stanley Hauser. 

Lester Pifer Herman Hoyt. 

William Schaffer. . Robert Ashman. 

John DUling Anthony Zeoli. 

Ralph Burns William StefHer. 

Clyde Landrum. . . Russell Weber. 

William Gray Miles Taber. 

Ward Miller Walter Lepp. 

Herman Hoyt. 

Harold Etling. . . . Conard Sandy. 



March 29- Apr. 5. Arnold Kr'gbaum Herman Hoyt. 
March 29- Apr. 19 Clyde Balyo Michael Guido. 



ARE YOU MOVING? 

If you are planning to move to a 
lew address, please notify the Breth- 
•en Missionary Herald Company 15 
lays in advance. Thus you will be 
;ure to receive each issue. 



ETHIOPIAN BIBLE BEING PRINTED 

The printing of a new translation 
of the Bible in Amharic, national 
language of the Coptic Christian 
kingdom of Ethiopia, is under way 
in Addis Ababa by the British and 
Foreign Bible Society. This new 
version was ordered by Emperor 
HaUe Selassie after an earlier revi- 
sion by Ethiopians was found to be 
unsatisfactory. 



TO MY KING 

By Leona D. Cole, 



JAMES BIBLE 

Long Beach, Calif. 



I hold you in my heart as one adored; 
As one newly discovered in the Lord. 
No matter how the worldly-wise may jeer, 
I love your "thee" and "thou" of yesteryear. 

More jealous is my love for you than ever 
Since some belittle you. Their vain endeavor 
Has made you all the more divinely dear. 
And caused my heart more deeply to revere 

Your loyalty to God's beloved Son 
(The only, unequaled Begotten One). 
The virgin birth you did not rearrange; 
I love you for the truth you did not change. 

By human thought not once were you beguiled 
To veil the deity of the Holy Child. 
I love you for the way that you have led 
Me on to feast on Him, the living Bread. 

I will not plead for you; but in the love 
And fear of Him who rules and reigns above 
I praise your worth. He will the sting remove 
And the love of truth within your pages prove. 



ISAAC D. BOWMAN DIES 

Dr. Isaac D. Bowman, well known 
among the Brethren for many years, 
died February 28. Funeral services 
were held at Brighton, Ind., March 3 
with Rev. Claude Studebaker and 
Dr. W. I. Duker in charge. 

Dr. Bowman was born March 7, 
1862, and was ordained to the min- 
istry when he was 21 years of age. 
After 67 years in the ministry he re- 
tired in 1950. His first pastorate was 
at St. James, Md. At one time he 
was copastor with Dr. Louis S. Bau- 
man at the Philadelphia, Pa., First 
Brethren Church. He was instru- 
mental in establishing 19 preaching 
points during his long ministry. 



Additions to Membership 

Everett, Pa 2 

Martinsburg, W. Va 8 

Sharpsville, Ind 6 

Spokane, Wash 3 

Winona Lake, Ind 1 

Public Conjessions 

Beavunont, Calif 1 

Canton, Ohio 1 

Conemaugh, Pa 4 

Everett, Pa 1 

Martinsburg, W. Va 1 

Spokane, Wash 2 

Waynesboro, Pa 16 

Vi'inchester, Va 4 

Baptisms Not Included in Additions 

Ankenytown, Ohio 2 

Conemaugh, Pa 4 

Everett, Pa I 

Martinsburg, W. Va 6 

Winchester, Va 3 



^arcb 14, 1953 



167 



THE SEVEN SAYINGS ON THE CROSS 



By Rev. R. I. Humberd, Flora, Ind. 



IV. THE CRY OF DESOLATION. 



The next cry we wish to consider 
is the cry of desolation: "My God, 
my God, why hast thou forsaken 
me?" (Matt. 27:46). 

Mortal mind cannot fathom the 
depths of the agony that wrung this 
cry from the heart of our Lord. 

Scourging was a fearful thing. 
Men often died under the fearful 
lash. But all the scourging, all the 
piercing of the spikes, all the torture 
of the thorns, all the mockings of the 
heartless crowd brought nothing 
from His lips, "who, when he was 
reviled, reviled not again; when he 
suffered, he threatened not" (I Pet. 
2:23). It was the hiding of the 
Father's face that brought forth this 
agonizing cry. 

All through His ministry He had 
rejoiced in the fellowship of His 
Father. Others might forsake Him, 
but "the Father hath not left me 
alone" (John 8:29). He spoke of 
Him as "holy Father" and as "right- 
eous Father" (John 17:11, 25); but 
now the Father has turned His face 
and our Lord utters the sinner's cry, 
"My God, my God." 

VJhy? 

"Why hast thou forsaken me?" 

Why? Well might this be the first 
word to enter our mind when some 
unusual distress comes upon us. "If 
we would judge ourselves, we should 
not be judged. But when we are 
judged, we are chastened of the 
Lord, that we should not be con- 
demned with the world" (I Cor. 11: 
31-32). 

Thus let us examine ourselves, and 
if it is chastening, we can confess 
our sins and "he is faithful and just 
to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse 
us from all unrighteousness" (I John 
1:9). 

If it is not chastening for sin, then 
let us count it all joy when we "fall 
into divers temptations [testings]" 
(Jas. 1:2), and with Paul cry, "Most 
gladly therefore will I rather glory 
in my infirmities, that the power of 
Christ- may rest upon me" (II Cor. 
12:9). 



"Why hast thou forsaken me?" 
Judas forsook Him for money; the 
disciples forsook Him for fear; Pilate 
forsook Him for political advantage; 
the leaders of the Jews forsook Him 
for envy (Matt. 27:18); the common 
people, who once heard Him gladly, 
now forsook Him, being moved by 
the chief priests (Mark 15:11); but 
"why hast THOU forsaken me?" "I 
do always those things that please" 
Thee (John 8:29). 

A God-Forsaken Place 

"Why hast thou forsaken me?" 
As we peer back through the mist 
of eternity past, and gaze ahead 
throughout the ceaseless ages of 
eternity to come, there is not the 
slightest hint in holy writ that an- 
other moment has ever been or ever 
will be when one person of the God- 
head forsakes another. 




We may see a wilderness where 
the dense mass of vines and bushes 
make a hopeless tangle, or a vast 
open desert with nothing but sand, 
sand, sand and we may call it a 
"God-forsaken place." But such is 
not true, for God is truly there. 
There was one and only one place 
that can really be called "God-for- 
saken," and that was Calvary when 
our Lord carried our sins there. 

Wedding bells are ringing. The 
happy couple step hand in hand 
across the threshold and into the 
unknown future together. 

A few years later he takes his first 
drink; a few months later he goes 
out with his first strange wom.n; a 
short time later he commits his first 
robbery. But that wife loves him 
and clings to him through it all. But 
he goes on and on into sin — the home 
is neglected; the wife is distracted; 
the cupboard is bare; the children 
are in rags, and finally the point is 



reached where she turns from him 
and their fellowship is ended. 

And so fellowship between the 
Father and the Son was bound to- 
gether by cords of perfect love, but 
when the Son was made "to be sin 
for us" (II Cor. 5:21), it was too 
much. 

Let us note that our Lord knew 
no sin. He did not commit sin. We 
commit sin because we are sinners, 
but our Lord who was sinless, was 
made "sin" itself. 

Repulsion of Sin 

I have spoken in rescue missions 
in Spokane, Los Angeles, Chicago, 
Dallas, and other cities. Sometimes 
a derelict of the human race enters 
those missions. There he is, drunk, 
bleary-eyed, ragged, dirty, filthy, 
and stinking to the nth degree. Ver- 
ily, he is so repulsive that I fear to 
draw near lest one of his bedbugs 
might decide to change its feeding 
grounds. 

But if that man, loaded with a few 
sins, is so repulsive to me, what must 
it have meant when the Father, who 
is "of purer eyes than to behold evil, 
and canst not look on iniquity" 
(Hab. 1:13), beheld His Son who 
was "made to be sin" — sin itself, the 
very root and basis of every sin that 
mortal man can commit, every sin in 
the catalog of human experience 
was there — adultery, fornication, un- 
cleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, 
witchcraft, hatred, variance, emula- 
tions, wrath, strife, seditions, her- 
esies, envyings, murder, drunken- 
ness, revelings, evil thoughts, thefts, 
covetousness, wickedness, deceit, an 
evU eye, blasphemy, pride, foolish- 
ness, and on and on (Gal. 5:19-21; 
Ivlark 7:21-22). 

Is it any wonder the Father turned 
Ilis face? 

Sin Punished 

"Why hast thou forsaken me?" 
A husband might come home from 
work some night and find another 
man with his wife. We might not 
blame him for driving such a wife 
from himself. But suppose a robber 
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and unconscious of his presence. 
When the husband enters the back 
door he sees a man sHpping from a 
side door. That husband accuses his 
wife, he abuses her, and drives her 
from him. 

That wife might say, "Why have 
you forsaken me? I did not sin 
against you." That husband blamed 
his wife for a sin she did not com- 
mit and punished her for it. It 
might be difficult for us to overlook 
his act, and yet he did so because he 
was mistaken. 

Yet the Father blamed the Son for 
sin He did not commit and punished 
Him for it and knew all the time His 
Son did not commit it. Verily, to be 
charged with another's sin and to be 
punished for it is hard indeed to 
bear, and yet our Lord willingly of- 
fered Himself to bear it all for us. 

Imputed Righteousness 

But wait. There is more in that 
verse than that. True it was, the 
Father made Him "to be sin for us," 
but it is just as true that He did so 
"that we might be made the right- 
eousness of God in him" (II Cor. 
5:21). 

If imputing our sin to Christ was 
so real that He died, then imputing 
Christ's righteousness to us is just 
as real and, marvel of marvels, we 
are "Dressed in His righteousness 
alone, faultless to stand before His 
throne." 



Blessed Names of Our Lord 



■By Rev. Charles Ashman, Rittman, Ohio ^ 



SCHOLARS LOOK AT THE BIBLE 

At the University of Iowa during 
the last week in January, Miss Ava 
Schnittjer, who has charge of our 
choir, appeared before the commit- 
tee on graduate degrees before she 
was to receive her Master of Arts 
degree in February. During the 
comprehensive examination, which 
is always oral. Dr. Stroud, of the 
educational and psychological de- 
partment, asked (as he reached for 
one of the versions of the Bible): 
"What do you think of this? Will it 
replace the King James Version?" 
To this Miss Schnittjer replied: 
"Doctor, for me at least it wouldn't. 
I could only use it as a reference 
book, for it seems to have no power." 
At this statement, Dr. Stroud's fist 
came down on the desk as he looked 
triumphantly at the others on the 
examining board and said: "I don't 
like it either!" — From the bulletin oj 
the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, church, Rev. 
Arnold Krieghaum, pastor. 



X. "FRIEND.' 



Webster says the word "friend" 
comes from a verb meaning "to 
love." He says the word means "one 
attached to another by esteem, re- 
spect, and affection." We are told 
that friends who stay by us in the 
time of trouble are hard to find. 

The Bible tells us that Christ is 
just such a friend. Take Proverbs 
18:24— "There is a friend that stick- 
eth closer than a brother." What a 
tie this is that binds Christ to us 
closer than any earthly relationship 
could ever be. He, according to 
promise, stays by us through all 
earthly experiences. Actually we 
are bone of His bone and flesh of 
His flesh — one with Him. There is 
no power on earth or in heaven 
which can separate us from the love 
of our God (see Rom. 8:35-39). We 
need to sense this fact today and 
seek to live in its light. Live to love 
Him. Live to honor Him. Live to 
glorify Him, Christ our Friend — 
nearer and dearer than all worldly 
ties or anything the world can im- 
part. 

The name "friend" is applied to 
Christ again in Matthew 11:19 (read 
Matt. 11:15-19). Here Christ applies 
a title to Himself which His enemies 
used in scorn — "friend of sinners" — 
and how wonderfully true it is. He 



stooped to speak to sinners. He 
stooped to eat with sinners. He 
stooped to save sinners from their 
sin. This was His very life work 
which cost Him His life. How will- 
ingly He paid the price of such 
friendship — death, even the death of 
the cross. As we take up the work 
of each day let us ask ourselves the 
question, "Am I a friend of sinners?" 
If not, then we are not like our Lord, 
for He was, and He enjoyed it. Let 
us be friendly enough today to all 
lost sinners to tell them of Christ 
their Friend who came to give them 
eternal life. 

Friend to the poor and the needy is 

He, 
Jesus the Christ of Calvai'y; 
Stooping so low He paid the price. 
Our redemption — His sacrifice. 

Friend of the sinner — can it be so? 
What made Him friend of those so 

low? 
His love and compassion for human 

race. 
His hatred of sin and desire to efface. 

Friend of the sinner — it is so! 

Who sticketh so close when others 

may go. 
He never forsakes the trusting one, 
Today He seeks friendship with 

someone undone. 



VICKSBURG, PA., CHURCH BURNS 



Just before noon on Saturday, 
February 28, fire started that com- 
pletely destroyed the 66-year-old 
church building of the Vicksburg 
congregation. This building was lo- 
cated 4 miles south of Hollidaysburg 
and 8 miles south of Altoona in 
southwestern Pennsylvania. 

Rev. Dean Walter is the pastor of 
this church, serving as a chemist in 
Washington, D. C, during the week 
and caring for the church each week 
end. 

The building is a total loss, but 
was partially covered by insurance. 
It is thought the fire started as the 
result of a defective heating system. 
The only things saved were the 



electric organ and a portable sound 
system and picture projection equip- 
ment. Less than 2 years ago the 
building had been redecorated. 

This is the former church home of 
Mrs. Paul Bauman, of Winona Lake, 
Ind., and is the church of Mr. Homer 
Miller, now at Grace Seminary 
studying for the ministry of the 
Gospel. 

According to the pastor, Brother 
Walter, no plans have been made as 
yet for the future. In the meantime, 
our church, the LeamersvUle, Pa., 
church, has invited the Vicksburg 
people to worship with us. Our 
church is only 2 miles from where 
the Vicksburg church was. — Robert 
D. Crees, reporter. 



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NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF BRETHREN LAYMEN 



Jesse B. Deloe, Editor 



BRETHREN LAYMEN ARE GOING 
ALL OUT FOR EVANGELISM 

By William C. Fisher 

National Secretary -Treasurer 

For the first time the Brethren 
Laymen have had a nation-wide 
challenge for entering into a definite 
program to reach lost men here in 
our own land. The national WMC 
has for many years done a wonder- 
ful mission work. Evangelism is the 
laymen's field. 

One of our laymen recently said: 
"This is the finest thing ever offered 
to our laymen." In a few weeks 
came his check for $1,000 (sent di- 
rect to the Crusade Committee), 



To date there has come in through 
the National Fellowship of Brethren 
Laymen only $318.75 for the Breth^ 
ren United Evangelistic Crusade 
Committee. We have a long way to 
go to meet our goal of $2,500. 

saying, "We must reach men for 
Christ everywhere. We have no 
time to lose." Our Brethren Evan- 
gelistic Crusade is gripping the 
hearts of laymen. 

Another laymen from California 
sent his check for $100 (sent direct 
to the Crusade Committee), saying, 
"God bless you all, and may you 
soon see a great revival spread over 
our entire brotherhood. We need 
that more than anything else today." 

Our national Laymen's Fellowship 
at Winona Lake last August voted to 
give $2,500 to the Brethren Evange- 
listic Crusade. But before we can 
send it in, we must raise it. This is 
10 times as much as we have ever 
raised before. That doesn't mean 
that we have attempted too much. 
It simply means that till now our 
laymen have never really attempted 
anything big enough to really chal- 
lenge us. It would be rather humil- 
iating, if at next National Fellowship 
the National WMC would report an- 
other $10,000 raised, while the Fel- 
lowship of Laymen attempted to 
raise $2,500 for evangelism and 
couldn't make it! 

Leaders of our laymen, it is nec- 
essary to really get going to make 



A circular letter with a number of 
folders for our national offerings was 
sent to EVERY church in the broth- 
erhood — 137 letters in all. Our lay- 
men should KNOW about our na- 
tional goals and projects. 



our laymen realize seriously what 
our goal is or we will never make it! 
Start now. We must go over the 
top for Christ with colors flying next 
August. We will have a real cele- 
bration over this at Winona Lake in 
August! 



ACTIVITIES OF THE LAYMEN AS 
GLEANED FROM THE BULLETINS 

The first Men's Brotherhood of the 
Community Brethren Church, Whit- 
tier, Calif., was held on February 24. 
Over 50 attended and enjoyed a 
steak dinner. Don McCrossen, from 
Victory Service Club in Los Angeles, 
spoke. After the meeting Pastor 
Wayne Flory led a man to Christ. 

Pete Riggs was the speaker at the 
Men's Fellowship dinner at the Long 
Beach Second church February 24. 

The Men's Fellowship at San Ber- 
nardino, Calif., had the boys club as 
their guests at a dinner on Febru- 
ary 17. 

The Men's Fellowship at Los An- 
geles First church heard Bob Munro, 
famous Scotch preacher, speak and 
play his trombone at their meeting 
March 5. At the February meeting 
101 men were present and 6 accepted 
Christ as Saviour. New officers are: 
chairman. Jack Dixon; vice chair- 
man, Tony Zippi; secretary-treas- 
urer, Al Wedin. 

At the Third Los Angeles church 
the Men's Fellowship had a "Father 
and Son" night on February 26. 
Bill Opie, TV personality, was the 
special singer and speaker. 

Men of the Third Brethren Church 
in Philadelphia, Pa., heard Rev. 
Kenneth Ashman on March 3. In- 
vited to this meeting were men from 
the First Brethren Church of Phila- 
delphia, whose meeting was held the 
night before. 

From the Leamersville, Pa., bul- 
letin of February 1 — "35 Va men are 



MEN OF SOUTHEAST DISTRICT 
HOLD MEETING AT RADFORD, VA. 

Men of the Southeast District held 
their quarterly meeting on February 
6 at Radford, Va., with 45 men pres- 
ent. District President J. Talmadge 
Taylor presided. 

Mason Cooper, president of the 
national laymen's organization, chal- 
lenged the men to a more active life 
for Jesus Christ. 

Reports were heard from the vari- 
ous churches of the district. 

New officers elected were: presi- 
dent. S. M. Coffey; vice president, 
Ralph Bell; secretary-treasurer, W. 
V. Findley; assistant secretary-treas- 
urer, Roy Duncan. 

The offering was $45.59, but $4.41 
was added by Brother Fisher to 
make it $50 and it was given to the 
Brethren United Evangelistic Cru- 
sade Committee. — William C. Fisher, 
retiring asst. sec.-treas. 



wanted to attend our Men's Broth- 
erhood meeting 7:30 p. m. Thurs. at 
Grant Stiffier's ..." (?) 

The Men's Fellowship at Washing- 
ton, D. C, met on March 6 to plan 
for an oyster supper, election of of- 
ficers, sponsorship of the boys' work, 
and other matters. 

The men at the First church, Al- 
toona. Pa., heard Rev. Craig Massey 
at their meeting on March 5. 

Laymen, are yon thinking about 
making plans NOW to attend our 
National Conference and Laymen's 
meetings in August? 

A series of 4 signs containing these 
words: "Don't you worry, fret, and 
care; Jesus wUl your burden bear" 
have been erected by the Men's 
Brotherhood of Leamersville, Pa., on 
Route 220, approaching the church. 

Dr. James Boyer, of Grace Sem- 
inary, spoke to the men of the New 
Troy, Mich., church on February 14. 

The Men's Brotherhood of the 
First church, Whittier, Calif., had a 
steak dinner on February 3 at which 
Rev. Alfred Dodds, of South Gate, 
was the speaker. 



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Our First Crusade Campaign Started in Long Beach March 1 

FOLLOWING THE MEETING IN THE FIRST CHURCH OF LONG BEACH, CAMPAIGNS WILL FOLLOW IN 
BELLFLOWER, SOUTH GATE, PHOENIX, TEMPLE CITY, AND SOUTH LOS ANGELES. OTHER FIELDS WILL 
BE ADDED BEFORE THESE CAMPAIGNS ARE OVER. 



MEET THE NEW MEMBER OF OUR CRUSADE 
COMMITTEE 



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Frank Poland 



Bro. Cleve Miller, of Waterloo, 
Iowa, has asked to be relieved of 
his place on the crusade commit- 
tee because of Mrs. Miller's illness 
and because he is already on 2 
other boards. 

We are glad to announce that 
Bro. Frank Poland, in charge of 
the office of the Brethren Home 
Missions Council, has accepted 
the place being left vacant by 
Cleve Miller. 



MEET THE LAYMAN WHO IS TAKING OUR TENT 
AND EQUIPMENT TO CALIFORNIA 



Bro. Kenneth Peters has a large 
semi-truck and trailer and is tak- 
ing the tent and equipment to the 
west coast for the crusade's first 
campaigns. He says he is glad 
there are some things a layman 
can do to help reach unsaved men 
for Christ. 

Brother Peters belongs to the 
Covington, Ohio, congregation 
and is treasurer of that church. 




Kenneth Peters 



HERE IS A SAMPLE OF WHAT OUR LEADING PREACHERS WRITE TO US ABOUT THE CRUSADE FOR SOULS— 

"This program really looks good to me, and I am thrilled that our church is beginning to move in the right 
direction. I will really push it once I see just where we begin. This is one of the finest things, in my opinion, that 
we have started and I for one want to get off to a good start, and then keep doing a real job oj evangelism in our 
denomination." 

AND ALL THE PEOPLE SAID, "AMEN"! 



'What Sort of Project for Evangelism Do You Have That 
Our Local Laymen's Group Could Undertake? 



Here are some — needed at once: 
$100 for Salvation Literature for Campaigns. 
$400 for a Supply of the New Crusade Songbooks. 
$1,500 for Another Tent for the Use of the 2d Team. 



BUT ABOVE ALL THINGS WE NEED EARNEST, BELIEVING HEARTS TO PRAY FOR US WHO 

ARE ON THE FIRING LINE! 



The time is short! 



The need is great! 



We have done so little! 



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JOHN 21: 15"- 17 



LOVE'S ENCHANTMENT 

By Leanore Button 
With Brethren Jewish Mission in Los Angeles 



The dictionary gives the definition of the word "privi- 
lege" as follows: "a special right, favor, or special ad- 
vantage, granted to or enjoyed by some to the exclusion 
of others." While this definition indicates a graciousness 
on the part of the giver of the privilege, it does not begin 
to approach the graciousness of God as we are given 
privileges by Him. This is because the word "privilege," 
humanly speaking, seems to point to a worthiness on the 
part of the receiver; but God in His grace in extending 
privileges to us does so even though we are unworthy 
of those privileges. 

The saints of God enjoy many privileges, but most 
of us will put salvation at the head of our list. Salva- 
tion is God's answer to man's sin. In Romans 6:23 we 
find: "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God 
is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." How 
wonderfully this verse tells the complete story! God's 
Word says that ALL have sinned (Rom. 3:23). God's 
Word says the soul that sins must be punished (Ezek. 
18:20). But God has provided the greatest gift of all, 
and because of Him it is possible for us to escape the 
penalty, which is separation from God (John 3:16). 
Sometimes I think we who know the Lord Jesus as our 
own beloved Saviour become so self-satisfied that we 
take this wonderful gift for granted. Have you ever 
thought what it might be like to have no Saviour, to be 
so self-sufficient in your own blind way that you never 
missed that wonderful One until it was too late? So 
many feel that way today. So many are missing Him. 
And that is where the next great privilege comes in — 
telling. 

Telling the story of God's love for lost mankind is the 
greatest business in the whole world. 'And Jesus, 
walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon 
called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into 
the sea: for they were fishers . . . And they straightway 
left their nets, and followed him" (Matt. 4:i8-20). 

When Jesus called to the men fishing He didn't choose 
men who were wealthy, or men who were salesmen, or 
men who were highly intellectual, but rather He called 
men who were just common fishermen. They had no spe- 



APRIL DEVOTIONAL STUDIES 

Bible Study— "The Price of That Love." 
Mission Study — "The Responsibility of the Church 
to Israel." 



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cial knowledge or much of the world's material wealth, 
but they must have been men to whom God had given 
great faith. Like Abraham of old they didn't question 
Him. The Word says simply: "And they straightway left 
their nets, and followed him." I believe God wants us to 
see that those who follow Him must be obedient; that 
they must forget themselves and put their trust in Him 
without question; and that they must desire to see souls 
saved. 

In these modern times which do seem to be pointing 
to the end of the age, we find so many people who think 
the gospel of salvation by grace is much too simple and 
is, therefore, only for the ignorant. How our hearts 
ache as we talk with these people who feel they are so 
well-educated they no longer need to believe in such 
ridiculous things one finds in the Bible, such as the 
creation story, the fall of man, etc. But for those of us 
who love the Lord Jesus, we find the answer in His 
Word (I Cor. 1:18-24). 

And this brings us to the last privilege, which is 
living. In no other religion does one find a living sac- 
rifice. The God of the universe who created us actually 
pleads with us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice 
which. He says in Romans 12:1, is holy and acceptable 
unto Him. 

Since it is through the body that the entire life reveals 
itself, every part of our life should belong to Him. How 
many times in dealing with lost souls do we encounter 
criticism of someone's life? Could it be our fault — the 
fault of the saints of God — that the Jewish people are 
still seeking their Messiah? In the 11th chapter of 
Romans we find: "I say then. Have they stumbled that 
they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their 
fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke 
them to jealousy." Have we really been living such a 
life that we are provoking Israel to jealousy in such a 
way that she wants to know what we have? Somewhere 
we have failed — not the person of the world who knows 
not God, but we who are His children. So in all that we 
say or do or think, it is really a privilege, and a respon- 
sibility, to let the Lord Jesus shine through our lives 
to such an extent that others, both Jew and gentile, wUl 
want to know what makes us so happy, so secure, so safe 
in a world of uncertainty. 

Truly, beloved, we are enchanted by God's love from 
the instant we see ourselves as sinners, condemned to 
hell, and yet escaping our punishment because the Lord 
Jesus loved us enough to die for us and to cover our 

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sins with His own precious blood. And though our 
hearts almost burst when we think of all the privileges 
we have as His children, remember there are those who 
have no privileges, no hope, no peace. How much we 
remember this will prove how much we love God. Pray 
for those who have no hope; tell them of the One who is 
able to save; and best of all, let them see the power of 
that salvation through your own lives as a Jiving sacri- 
fice, which is holy and acceptable unto Him. 




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Presenting Your National Vice 
President 

MRS. HENRY REMPEL 

By Althea S. Miller 

If you ever are close to Mrs. 
Rempel when she's looking at 
pretty china or pottery of any 
kind just open your ears to what 
she says. I have always been 
fascinated by Laura Rempel's comments on the subject, 
which is very familiar to her. You can hear the wistful 
sigh that more china and pottery were hand-painted 
these days as they were when young Laura learned to 
apply the very fine brush on dishes and vases. 

You see, Mrs. Rempel was born and reared in East 
Liverpool, Ohio, which was then and for years after the 
pottery center of the world. Art work on chinaware is 
a love which Mrs. Rempel will never forsake. For years 
young Laura was taken to a Methodist church most 
faithfully by parents and grandparents. She says she 
was a baptized church member, but definitely not saved. 

In 1920 Mr. Claude Mahon won the heart and hand 
of Laura. They lived in the v?orldly sphere of things, 
but enough Christian principles had been instilled in 
her heart to make her miserable with the worldly crowd. 
She and her husband only attended church on special 
occasions. 

In 1924 the Mahons moved to Sebring, Ohio, where 
her heavy heart followed her. One can move away from 
a place but never get away from his heart. One night 
while listening to the radio Laura heard this statement 
which she has never forgotten: "There is no joy or satis- 
faction of heart apart from the Lord Jesus Christ." She 
wrote this down and meditated on it for many days with 
a heart crying for the truth. She read her Bible, but 
there seemed to be a veil between her and the truth. 
At least she could not understand it. 

A family from Canton, Ohio, who were interested in 
the spiritual welfare of the Mahons brought their pastor. 
Dr. J. C. Beal (Canton, Ohio, Brethren Church), to see 
them in 1930. That 26 miles was well worth every turn 
of the wheel, for both husband and wife accepted the 
Lord that night in their home after the truth of God's 
Word had been unfolded to them. The following Sun- 
day they attended the Canton Brethren Church and 
publicly confessed Christ. That evening they were bap- 
tized. Personal evangelism pays. 

The following year Laura Mahon gave her life to the 
Lord for service as He saw fit. She had no idea where 
or how. Her life was enriched through the faithful min- 
istry of Dr. Beal. The Lord used Evangelist R. Paul 
Miller to show this couple the importance of the family 




By Althea S. Miller 

No need or time or space for an editorial this month. 
Just read all the wonderful NEWSNATCHES and re- 
joice with your editor. And PLEASE, let's repeat this 
for next month's Herald. Some of you other council 
officers sit right down and send some news to me by — 
and no later than — March 20. I'll be haunting the mail- 
man until YOU send some news. You know where to 
write: 1511 Maiden Lane, SW., Roanoke 15, Va. 

We are sorry for the delay in getting the column, 
"Making Christian Marriage Work," into the Herald 
this month. People keep writing, "Where is that column 
you promised us?" This month there is no room for it 
and last month your editor was rather knocked off her 
feet by the sudden serious illness of her eldest child, a 
16-year-old boy. At this writing he is no better, but 
not worse. The doctor assures us he is holding his own. 
If you have time to think this way sometime we would 
appreciate your prayers for him and us that these 
months in bed will be a thing of beauty to the Lord for 
both Bob and his parents. With the kidneys functioning 
only 50 percent, our Christian doctor tells us only God 
is able to effect a complete recovery. Watch next month 
for the new column, the Lord willing. 



Mrs. Ashman suggests you read Psalms 60 to 90 for 
your extra Bible reading in the month of March. 



altar and of practical living, both at home and in the 
neighborhood. 

The Lord in His wisdom willed to take home to Him- 
self the one who was nearest and dearest to Laura in 
1937. She threw herself upon the Lord and sought His 
leading for her life. For one year she attended Moody 
Bible Institute and then spent 2 very wonderful, event- 
ful, and happy years at Grace Seminary, then in Akron. 
Ohio. Attending Grace Seminary at the same time as 
Laura was an eligible bachelor, who was ever being 
"ribbed" about his lack of "attachments." It was not 
long, however, until Henry Rempel was casting some 
very interested looks in the direction of Laura. He 
finally worked up the courage to "pop" the question. 
The answer must have been yes, because they were 
married in 1940. Since then, Mrs. Rempel has served 
as a very capable and sweet pastor's wife in Flora, Ind.; 
Limestone, Tenn.; Mansfield, Ohio; Uniontown, Pa.; and 
now at the Second Brethren Church of Los Angeles, 
Calif. 

Everywhere the testimony is the same — Laura Rempel 
is a precious fellow laborer, with the sweet perfume of 
His presence radiating from her life. For 3 years she 
has been a most efficient vice president of WMC. Hers 
has been a responsible behind-the-scenes job of project 
planning which is real HARD work. Look in this issue 
for her most recent article on WMC projects. Pray for 
her as she leads on to greater victories in national WMC. 



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WMC PROJECTS 



By Mrs. Henry Rempel 



There is no greater thrill than to suggest that a piece 
of work be done, and then before one knows it a group 
has taken hold of it and it is accomplished. That is the 
way the members of WMC work. It is all the result of 
loving the Lord. Another year is past, the record is 
made and we are well into the middle of the program or 
plan for 1952-53. Let us review briefly the result of our 
enthusiastic working together the plan of last year, that 
our hearts may be encouraged. 

At the beginning of the past year our vision was 
greater, in that we raised the goal of the 4 major offer- 
ings for the year. These were all met but the general 
expense fund. This was due partly to the change of 
time to June, July, and August. I mention these major 
offerings so that we may recognize that WMC members 
respond to the needs with "free-will" offerings — no dues 
to be paid in WMC. We give our thank offering each 
year to the Brethren Jewish testimony in Los Angeles, 
Calif. Each council takes a part in the projects of their 
district, these being financed by free-will offerings also. 
We were busy too in that which our hands found to do. 

Some of the items furnished by the districts were such 
things as mattresses, folding organ, tires for Sunday 
school bus, pianos, school support for Elena Wagner. 
New Testament Story-0-Graph figures and back- 
grounds, communion sets, aiding girls to attend Camp 
Bethany, refrigerators, heating unit, ceiling material, 
beds for Navaho school children, records in the Spanish 
language, helped in the Jewish work, canned fruit and 
vegetables . for missionaries, flooring for the Navaho 
school building, assisting the Sisterhood girls in provid- 
ing bandage material for their project, and many other 
deeds of kindness. All these efforts have been blessed 
by our working together. Are we doing as well or better 
this year? 

The field in Africa is very much in need of bandages 
right now. There are new stations and dispensaries being 
opened up right along. The leper work calls for the 
bandages, too. Are we helping the Sisterhood girls to 
get these bandages ready? This is a real opportunity 
for fellowship with our girls. Caps, aprons, outfits are 




Conference time v.'ill be here before most of us are 
ready for it, if we don't get busy with some concrete 
plans. August 24-30 are the dates. Let's have a goal of 
at least one member from every council over the coun- 
try at Winona Lake and attending the WMC sessions 
each day. — Ed. 

Are you giving and planning to give to the Brethren 
Jewish mission work at Los Angeles? Remember, this is 
a national WMC objective. God blesses the folk who 
love the Jew and give him the Gospel. Your offering for 
this purpose is due June 30. Be planning. 



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needed for the native nurses. There are 4 dispensary 
buildings needed, the cost being about $700 each. The 
equipment for these dispensaries is needed. I under- 
stand that about 3 of our missionary families do not have 
refrigeration on the station. Baby shirts and outing 
flannel short kimonos are always in demand. (Contact 
Brother Barnard for an outgoing missionary with whom 
these items may be sent.) 

Argentina still needs Spanish books for the Bible 
institute, sports equipment, 2 15-watt public-address 
systems ($175 each), and 2 tape recorders to use with 
the public-address systems, at $200 each. 

Our missionaries at Baja California can use all the 
layettes, dish towels, and towels you will send. They 
have children and adult classes in their home. Spanish 
records and flannelgraph materials are needed. (Write 
them to find out the ones needed.) 

France can use tracts, literature, books, etc. A library 
has to be built up there. 

We turn to the home field. Don't forget the district 
project of sending a free-will offering to be used toward 
the upkeep of the furnishing of the missionary residence. 
This offering is to be sent in by July 31. I hear that one 
district is using the credential offering of their rallies 
for this offering. A fine idea! 

The used clothing project is a must for the mission 
work at Clayhole, Ky.; Taos, N. Mex.; Albuquerque, N. 
Mex.; and the Brethren Navaho Mission, N. Mex. Keep 
good used clothing going continually into these places. 
Remember these help in making contacts with people, 
that the Gospel may be given to them. Don't waste 
money on clothing too worn for use. Use the good used 
outing flannel to make baby quilts. One lady alone has 
made her 40th quilt from outing and other good pieces 
of cloth, using thin blankets for batting. Some tops 
are pieced and knotted. Never send clothing C. O. D. 
Be sure to send a card to the mission so they will be 
looking for the shipment. 

I would like to share with you some of the things that 
are being done by the districts. One district gave a cash 
gift to 2 new churches in their district and plastic dishes 
for camp, conference, and institute use in Argentina. 
Another gave $300 to district mission board, repairing a 
piano at Baja, supplying communion sets for 2 new 
churches. They are financing the cost of sending the 
SMM bandages to the national bandage secretary. Many 
local women tear the bandage strips for the girls as 
they have the materials to give. The girls do the rolling 
and packing. A gift of $200 to a new missionary from 
their district and also SlOO for literature for Baja and 
France. 

One district, with only 7 councils, is furnishing felt 
mattresses for the school at the Brethren Navaho Mis- 
sion to the amount of $250. A piano for the Denver 
church and a sewing machine for the mission at Albu- 
querque, N. Me.x., is being supplied by another district. 
One district has a particular project for each rally: 
mimeograph for a new church, help to finance the send- 
ing out of the Mediator for our Jewish mission in Los 
Angeles. They are planning to help purchase some 
needs for the missionary residence. Another is pur- 
chasing place-settings for 80 of plastic dishes and silver- 
ware for their camp, also planning to supply a kerosene 



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Africa — 

Mary Hope Beaver May 7, 1949 

Miss Grace Byron May 7 

Lois Irene Taber May 8, 1940 

Alberta Mae Dunning May 11, 1949 

Argentina — 

Victor Wagner May 2, 1937 

MUdred Wagner May 11, 1936 

Rita Dorene Hoyt May 18 1944 

Mrs. James B. Marshall May 25 

Rev. James B. Marshall May 28 

Baja California — 

Sharon Haag May 9, 1948 

Kathryn Sue Howard May 29, 1948 

France — 

Victor Fogle May 1, 1949 

Naomi Ruth Mason May 28, 1948 

United States — 
Donna Marie Kliever May 9, 1940 



Give to BRETHREN FOREIGN MISSIONS— March. April May. 



cook stove for missionaries who are going to South 
America. 

Other projects are being carried on that have not been 
reported from 2 districts. 

Local projects are very important. How about the 
missionary chest? There are many things to be made 
and placed in there for the missionaries to choose from. 
Save coupons for silverware and get the odd pieces, 
someone may have use for that very piece. A lady in 
one of our churches purchased a bolt of outing flannel 
and the missionary ladies made baby gowns for the war 
orphans in Korea. Send your used Christmas and 
greeting cards to the Navaho mission or any other mis- 
sionary that will use them. D. V. B. S. materials are 
needed for next summer for the 8 schools that will be 
held at the Taos mission and surrounding works. 

Do remember the birthday offering each month. Gifts 
can be given for your own birthday, in memory of a 
loved one, a relative or friend, or for some missionary. 
Many different plans may be used. It takes around 
$1,200 a year to support a missionary. 

Don't forget the new project for this coming national 
conference, namely, the display board. Keep gathering 
the material for this during the year. This is something 
new, so let's make it very attractive. 

Our theme for this year is found in John 21:15-17, 
where the Lord Jesus is asking the question, "Lovest 
thou me?" Are we as missionary women faithfully 



manifesting Christ in our labors of love and material 
gifts? Let us give our best to Him now, for tomorrow 
may be too late. Pray as you labor and give for the 
salvation of many in this year. Our Lord has proved to 
us over and over again how he takes the little here and 
the little there and accomplishes great things for His 
own glory. Let us not become weary in welldoing, for 
we shall reap if we faint not. He wills and He is able. 




A few "quickie" reports: 

A new council in the baby church at York, Pa. They 
have 8 members and several projects. Pray for them. 

A new council at Riverside, Johnstown, Pa. Mrs. Ray 
Coleman is president. Organized in September 1952. 
Average attendance is 15. Offerings average $15 a 
month! (Super, I'd say! — Ed.) Project: sent several 
hundred pounds of clothing to New Mexico. 

Aren't you all thrilled with all these fine reports? 
Well, then, send more so our April issue can he as in- 
formative and inspiriiig as this one is. — Ed. 



Dayton, Ohio. 
Dear Mrs. Miller: 

Just a note to send you greetings from the Jr. WMC of 
the First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. 

We enjoy our meetings very much and are grateful 
for the wonderful Christian friends we have as we serve 
the Lord together. We have a membership of 30, with 
an average attendance of 25. This is an increase of 4 
over last year. 

We have many projects during the year. We have 
tried to help Jr. SMM in a financial and spiritual way. 
We take care of the nursery at Sunday services; also 
send clothes to Clayhole. Our project this past Christ- 
mas was sending a check to the Goodmans. 
In Him, 

Mrs. James Long, Sec. 



Canton, Ohio. 
Dear Mrs. Miller: 

Greetings to you in the name of Christ from the Sr. 
WMC of Canton, Ohio. We have been so blessed of the 
Lord in the past year that we want to pass some of the 
blessings on to you. We feel we have accomplished 
much as a band of missionary women because we are a 
praying council. Every other month the senior council 
has charge of the day of prayer. Our program chairman 
writes lists of prayer requests on the various black- 
boards in the Sunday school rooms. The groups go from 
room to room so as to participate in praying for all the 
requests. Every month 3 ladies write to different mis- 
sionaries and ■we read their answers at these meetings. 
After a day at one of these prayer meetings we are re- 
freshed in our service for Him. 

We entertained the Jr. WMC at a membership rally 
and consecration service. We entertained the Sunday 
school cabinet at a chicken dinner. We feel that this 
group of people are the backbone of the Sunday school 



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and church and decided we'd like to do something nice 
for them. [May their tribe increase! — Ed.] It was held 
on a regular cabinet meeting night. It helped to bring 
out new members and showed them the importance of 
their job. 

We are having a covered-dish dinner and will help the 
Sisterhood girls to roll bandages this week (February 9). 
On our own birthdays we bring a gift for our missionary 
chest besides bringing an offering. We are looking for- 
ward to the time when WMC will have its own mission- 
ary on the field, and praying it will be soon. [Amen. — 
Ed.] 

These are just a few of the things we have been doing 
besides sending gifts, remembrances, and love offerings 
to our shut-in friends. 

In the joy of the Lord, 

Mrs. Ralph Lape, Sec. 



Mundy's Corner, Pa. 
Dear President: 

Greetings in the name of our precious Lord. This 
letter is long overdue, but will give you some of the in- 
formation you requested concerning our council. We 
are not quite sure we fully understand what they are 
to do about the display for national conference.* Is this 
a district project or is each council to take a group of 
pictures of each of our projects for display at confer- 
ence? We have decided to take a group of pictures of 
each of our projects and if we are to have our own dis- 
play we'll work these into it. If not, we'll have pictures 
for our own enjoyment anyway. 

Our projects for this year include packing used cloth- 
ing for Kentucky (completed); packed box of groceries 
for needy family at Christmas; replenished supply of 
linen for missionary chest (completed); provided Jack 
and Maurine Teeter with treadle sewing machine. We 
are in the process of making stuffed toys for distribution 
by Evelyn Fuqua at Easter. (Patty Griffith told us of at 
least one family with several children who had much 
illness. The only sign of Christmas at their house was 
2 stuffed dolls our ladies had made.) We send birthday 
messages to our missionaries each month. At this 
month's meetings we tried the workshop ideas [Nov. 22, 
1952, issue, WMC Herald: "More Interesting and Help- 
ful Meetings," p. 735. — Ed.] It was a great blessing, par- 
ticularly the singing and the prayer circle hints. 
In His service, 
Mrs. Glenn Teeter, Pres., Jr. Council. 

La Verne, Calif. 
Dear Mrs. Ashman, 

Our council is new as some are counted since we are 
only IVa years old. When our council was formed we 
used the idea of a piggy bank on each lady's kitchen 
window sill. As we think of it we drop change into it 
and at each monthly meeting we exchange these banks 
with the others. At the end of 3 months we open these 
banks and send the money to the quarterly national 
WMC offering. We take a regular offering at each 
meeting to care for our local expenses. This way of 
taking offerings has proved most successful with us and 
it's fun. 

We finished the year of '52 with a party given as a 



surprise linen shower for Dorothy Goodman, instead of 
giving gifts to each other. 

We DO miss the program booklets this year and would 
like to have them next year, if most of the ladies feel 
that way. [Good for you, ladies, for letting us know. 
How about more comments from the various councils 
along this line? — Ed.] 

We thoroughly enjoy the work of our Jr. WMC and 
pray the Lord will ever use us. 

In His service, 

Mrs. Dee Colburn, Cor. Sec. 



West Salem, Ohio. 
Dear Mrs. Miller: 

The Sr. WMC of Wooster, Ohio, has been having an 
all-day meeting at the church on the 15th day of the 
month. We make things for our missionary box and 
then spend part of the day in prayer. We have just fur- 
nished a communion tray for the church. In the past 
year we sent several boxes of clothing to Taos and Clay- 
hole. We sent 4 boxes of get-well cards and gospel 
tracts to the sick among our church members and to 
patients in the local hospital. At Christmas time we 
delivered 4 big boxes of groceries to some needy fam- 
ilies in Wooster. 

God has been very good to us. We pray for our co- 
workers. Please take time to count your many blessings. 
In His name, 

Mrs. Ivan Amstutz, Sec. 



Everett, Pa. 
Dear Mrs. Miller: 

The WMC of Grace Bretkren at Everett, Pa., is truly 
being used and blessed of the Lord. We praise Him for 
the privilege of fellowship together in the Gospel. We 
are grateful to Him for the cooperation of the ladies in 
giving reports cheerfully, taking part in the meetings, 
and being gracious hostesses. 

Our 1952 project was a flannelboard for Mrs. Victor 
Meyers. We pray for greater growth in 1953. 
Sincerely, 

Mrs. John W. Smith, Sec. 



New Troy, Mich. 
Dear Mrs. Miller: 

The ladies of New Troy WMC recently had a party 
and invited their husbands. We served supper at 7 p.m. 
and then had our regular devotional meeting at the 
close. Everyone who came was very happy at the fine 
fellowship and want to do this soon again. [A marvel- 
ous idea for perking up the interest of our husbands in 
WMC and a fine way to show them we really think they 
are quite swell. — Ed.] 

Our present local project is to purchase new rugs for 
the rostrum and center aisle of the church auditorium. 
In His name, 

Mrs. Minnie Mensinger, Sec. 



•Note— On Page 588, September 13. 1952. WMC Herald, is found the 
following item: "District Objectives: 3. Each district to provide in- 
teresting material representing worlc done in the past year for dis- 
play at national conference." This is the time for the district presi- 
dents to be looking into this matter and start the ball rolling. — Ed. 



WMC OFFICIARY 

President— Mrs. Kenneth Ashman, 205 Ihrig Ave.. Wooster. Ohio. 
Vice President— Mrs. Henrv Rempel. 1539 E. 80th St.. Los Angeles 1. 

Calif, 
Recording Secretary — Mrs. Robert Ashman. Winona Lake. Ind. 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer— Mrs. Chester McCall, 3421 W. 82d PI.. 

Inglewood. Calif. 
Literature Secretary- Mrs. Conard Sandy. Box 373. Winona Lake. Ind. 
Editor— Mrs. Robert Miller. 1511 Maiden Lane. S.W.. Roanoke 15. Va. 
Prayer Chairman — Miss Mary Emmert. Dallas Center. Iowa. 
Patroness of SMM— Mrs. Arnold Kriegbaum, 1570 42d St. N.E.. Cedar 

Rapids. Iowa. 



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MARY SLESSOR OF CALABAR 



By Mary Emmert 



The slim and delicate-looking Scottish lassie, Mary 
Slessor, was so timid she was even afraid to cross a 
meadow where a peaceful cow was grazing, and yet she 
became probably the world's most courageous lady mis- 
sionary. 

The news of David Livingstone's death in 1874 had 
stirred her to offer herself as a missionary teacher to 
Nigeria in West Africa. She had already proved herself 
in city mission work at home, and was quickly accepted. 

So in 1876, at the age of 28, Mary arrived on the Cal- 
abar mission field in the southeast part of Nigeria. 
There she taught in the day schools for 12 years, also 
doing some exploring in the out-districts among the raw 
heathen in her spare time. 

When she saw that the tribes could not be rightly 
evangelized until peaceful conditions were brought 
about, she herself went to live alone in a warlike tribe 
upriver from the mission stations. 

Her first great victory in this tribe was the saving of 
a chief's life amidst great danger to herself. Long hours 
of trudging through a soaking rain brought her to the 
dying chief's side. Terrible fighting would have fol- 
lowed his death, but God blessed the medicines she used 
and he was restored to health. The people admired her 
fearlessness and her readiness to serve. As a result, 
that district was opened up to the Gospel. 

It is a thrilling tale to read how Mary Slessor finally 
got the barbarians to respect and obey her. Single- 
handed she persuaded them to stop their cruel practices 
of sacrificing the wives of a chief at his funeral, of kill- 
ing twin babies and driving their mother into the wil- 
derness, and many like superstitions. 

She raised all the twins and orphans which were 
brought to her, and soon had a large family of them. 
She was very busy preaching the Gospel, teaching 
school, building houses, and caring for the sick. The 
black people loved her as their mother, and called her 
"Ma" Slessor. 

After she had prepared the way for establishing a 
strong church, she felt called to go into a fiercer tribe 
yet, where everyone thought she would be killed. But 
the Lord's presence went with her and caused the sav- 
ages to admire her for her courage. 



PRAYER SUGGESTIONS 

1. Pray for the young people who are in schools 
preparing for service for the Lord; remember the 
missionaries' children especially. 

2. Pray that your Sisterhood will reach some girl 
for Christ this year. 

3. Pray for the missionaries, especially the SMM 
missionary, Marybeth Munn; pray that the foreign 
mission offering will meet the needs of the fields. 



Th British government made her a judge over the 
people, because she understood them so well. She ac- 
cepted this task because she could preach to them as she 
dealt out justice. 

Miss Slessor was a very unusual person. She lived 
very simply without any luxuries. She went barefooted 
much of the time, and did much heavy work herself. 
Yet she was not coarse and rough, but refined and 
womanly. 

Wonderful results followed her work in this new tribe 
also. She built several churches and led many people 
to know the Lord. The savage customs of the tribe 
were largely overcome, and the way was opened for 
other missionaries to enter. 

She was often saddened because the churches in the 
homeland did not get behind the work as they should. 
Much of the time she was sick, too, and unable to go, 
but the Lord gave her strength whenever a call would 
come for help, and she walked many miles, often in 
storms at night, perhaps to rescue some new-born twins 
or care for a sick person. 

It was surprising what all she endured and yet she 
kept on working. In her latter years she had to be 
carried from place to place or pushed in a cart. She 
lived to the age of 66 and died in 1915, a much-loved 
and much-honored missionary pioneer. 



SUGGESTED PROGRAM FOR APRIL 

SINGSPIRATION. 

INTERCESSION— Circle prayer: take requests from the 

girls in addition to "Prayer Suggestions." 
SCRIPTURE— Psalms 119:113-128. 
TRAINING FOR AMBASSADORS— 

Seniors — "Mormonism." 

Middlers— "Persecuted for Christ Yet More Than Con- 
querors." 

Juniors — "Nora's Name." 
SPECIAL NUMBER. 
REPORT ON AMBASSADORS— 

Seniors — "Persecuted for Christ Yet More Than Con- 
querors." 

Middlers, Juniors — "Mary Slessor of Calabar." 
BENEDICTION. 
BUSINESS MEETING. 



OFFICIARY FOR 1952-53 

President — Patty Griffith, Box 4053, Bob Jones University, Green- 
ville, S. C. 

Vice President — Cora Luna, Box 711, Taos, N. Mex. 

General Secretary — Helen Small, Box 168, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Treasurer — Mary Hooks. Box 168, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Literature Secretary — Myra Joy Conner, 4131 Vermont Ave. NW., 
Roanoke, Va. 

Bandage Secretary — Evelyn Vnasdale, 555 Kinnaird Ave., Fort 
Wayne, Ind. 

Patroness — Mrs. Arnold Kriegbaum, 1570 42d St. NE., Cedar Rapids, 
Iowa. 

Assistant Patroness — Mrs. John Armstrong, R. R. 2, Wooster, Ohio. 



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MORMONISM 



By Dr. Homer A. Kent 



In the cult before us for our present study we have 
one of the most energetic of all the cults. It exerts a 
vast influence in many of the States of the great North- 
west. And beyond this influence it is reaching into 
almost every corner of our country and into the regions 
beyond. It is definitely a strong missionary movement. 

I. Its Names and Their Significance. 

1. The cult is most commonly known as Mormonism. 
It is so called after a prominent religious leader by the 
name of Mormon who wrote a history of his predecessors 
and gave it to his son, the angel Moroni, on golden tab- 
lets. The latter became the basis for the Book of 
Mormon. 

2. Its official name is The Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter Day Saints. This is the name of the largest group 
and they are the followers of Brigham Young. Its head- 
quarters is in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

3. A different group of Mormons is called The Reor- 
ganized Church of Latter Day Saints. This body has its 
headquarters in Independence, Mo. They reject polyg- 
amy and look to Joseph Smith as their founding father, 
hence are sometimes called Josephites. 

II. Its Origin. The movement came into existence 
through the instrumentality of Joseph Smith, Jr., who 
in 1820 and 1823 is supposed to have had peculiar visions. 
Moroni, the angel, revealed to him the whereabouts of 
the Golden Tablets which had been hidden since 420 
A. D., and which recorded the history of God's people 
on this continent before their destruction. The plates 
were discovered on a hill near Palmyra, N. Y., and in 
the box that held the plates there was also found a huge 
pair of spectacles through the help of which Joseph 
Smith was able to read the hieroglyphics of the plates 
and so we got the Book of Mormon. He soon got some 
followers and in 1830 he organized the "Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter Day Saints" at Fayette, N. Y. 

III. Its History. Shortly after its organization, the 
group was forced to move westward, where at Kirtland, 
Ohio, they erected their first temple. Things did not go 
well with them there, so they moved westward to Mis- 
souri in 1831, establishing themselves in a place called 
Zion. In 1839 they moved to Nauvoo, 111. Not until 
1847 did they move on to Utah, where the main group 
has established itself into a growing movement. From 
humble beginnings in Utah they have grown unitl they 
control the industry, politics, as well as the religion of 
a vast territory in the Northwest. By revelation Smith 
is supposed to have had it made known to him that all 
male members of the group should devote 2 years of 
their lives to missionary work, going out 2 by 2. This 
plan has largely accounted for their vigorous growth. 

IV. Its Doctrinal Viewpoint. Mormonism is a very 
subtle cult because it makes much use of Scripture and 
claims to believe many things in common with orthodox 
Christianity. However, it puts a very different inter- 
pretation on many of the Biblical doctrines from that of 
true Christians and adds some which are not found in 
the Bible at all. 

1. Its belief about the Bihle. They profess great 
fidelity to the Bible but say that it is 7iof all the revela- 
tion there is. God, who is supposed to be speaking in 
the Book of Mormon, says; "Because ye have a Bible ye 



need not suppose that it contains all my words nor need 
ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written." 
Of equal authority with the Bible are the Book of Mor- 
mon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great 
Price. The latter 2 books are by Joseph Smith. 

2. Its belief about God. Their conception of Him is 
grossly materialistic and polytheistic. The principal 
God lives in some far-off place called Kolob, but each 
world has a God of its own with whom the God of Kolob 
has very little to do except to meet with them occasion- 
ally in a grand council. The god of our world is Adam, 
and Adam is the only god with whom we have anything 
to do. 

3. Its belief as to salvation. The atonement of Christ 
covered only original sin, that is, the sin of Adam. Sins 
committed now are pardoned by obedience and good 
works. Belief in Joseph Smith, his books and revelations, 
is necessary. Brigham Young has said: "Every spirit 
that confesses that Joseph Smith is a prophet, that he 
lived and died a prophet, and that the Book of Mormon 
is true, is of God, and every spirit that does not is of 
Antichrist" (Millennial Star, Vol. V., p. 118). 

4. Its belief about baptism. They hold it to be almost 
equivalent to baptismal regeneration. It may be done 
vicariously for the dead, using as a basis I Corinthians 
15:29. 

5. Its belief about ynarriage. There are 2 kinds, 
celestial and temporal. Celestial marriages are sealed 
for time and eternity. Only this kind amounts to any- 
thing as far as the next world is concerned. A man may 
have any number of such marriages which enable the 
man to become a greater power in the next world. 
Temporal marriages are only for time and are per- 
formed outside the temple. Polygamous marriages are 
now outlawed by the Government, but often one reads 
of the breaking of the law in this respect. 

V. Its Conception of Christ. He was the offspring by 
natural generation of Adam and the Virgin Mary. Brig- 
ham Young has said: "When the Virgin Mary conceived 
the Child Jesus, the Father had begotten Him in His own 
likeness. He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost. And 
who is His Father? He is the first of the human family. 
Jesus, our elder brother, was begotten in the flesh by the 
same character that was in the Garden of Eden and who 
is our Father in Heaven" (Journal of Discourses. Vol. I, 
pp. 50-51). According to Mormonism, Christ was a po- 
lygamist, being in this respect the same as Joseph Smith, 
Brigham Young, and Mohammed. Compared to the 
New Testament presentation of Christ, the Mormon 
conception is degraded. 

VI. Refutation of Errors. This can be done by show- 
ing the sin of adding to or taking from the Word of God 
(Rev. 22:18-19), by showing the unreasonableness of 
polygamy both from the standpoint of the fairly even 
proportion of men and women in the world and the 
teaching of the New Testament (e. g., Eph. 5:31), by 
.showing that its ideas with respect to the birth and mar- 
riage of Christ are at variance with the Word of God, 
and by showing that Scripture teaches that God is one 
(Deut. 6:4-5). A good verse to keep in mind in dealing 
with Mormonism is Galatians 1:8: "But though we, or 
an angel from heaven [even Moroni], preach any other 
gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto 
you, let him be accursed." 



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Persecuted for Christ Yet More Than Conquerors ^y ^^° ^- ^^''"9 



Before the beginning of time God, knowing that Adam 
and Eve would sin, thought out the plan of salvation. 
Not only did He think it out, but He sent His beloved 
Son to carry out His plan — to give His life in our stead. 

The Devil has always opposed redemption's story. All 
through Old Testament tirnes, Satan tried to destroy the 
chosen race. Christ Himself bore the crown of thorns, 
the pierced hands felt the pangs being rejected by man 
and forsaken by God. As He walked with His apostles 
He told them they would be persecuted. 

The Book of Acts shows us that even as Christ had 
said, those who dared to mention the name of Christ as 
their Saviour were beaten, burned at the stake, and 
stoned. 

We have followed the first foreign missionary team — 
Paul and Barnabas — through their first journey to Asia 
Minor (Acts 13:1-14:28). Do you remember how they 
were selected, separated, and sent forth from the church 
at Antioch? Did you trace their journey from Selucia 
to Salamis through Cyprus to Paphos? From Paphos 
they traveled 150 miles and arrived at Perga. Do you 
recall that John Mark had been their traveling com- 
panion, but left them here? We do not know why, but 
many believe that the opposition was keen and travel 
was rough. Maybe he couldn't stand to see his com- 
panions successful. Is it not true that envy, jealousy, 
and lack of "stick-to-itiveness" hinders the progress of 
Christians and Christianity today? Do you remember 
where Paul preached his first recorded sermon? Did 
you say Antioch, the important military center? You 
were right. Paul proclaimed Christ, but Satan used the 
force of envy (Acts 13:45) to bring about contradiction, 
blasphemy, and persecution. 

It is here at Antioch that Paul turns to the gentiles 
(Acts 13:46). The gentiles were happy, but the Jews 
stirred up women against Paul and Barnabas. What is 
more hateful than wrought-up godless women? How 
they use the tongue for every evil intent! So great is 
their force that Paul and Barnabas are forced to leave 
the city. On they go to Iconium, but again such is the 
opposition that they fled to Lystra, Derbe, and vicinity. 
The extremes of public opinion greeted them at Lystra. 
One moment they worshiped Paul. He was a god. The 
next they stoned him, and left him as dead. A miracle 
happened and the following day, Paul arose and they 
traveled to Derbe. In spite of all this discomfort, back 
they go to Lystra, Iconium, and on to the Antioch church 
for reports of work done. 

Why recall this trip? Did you not notice the opposi- 
tion and persecution? May I ask what it has cost you to 
be a Christian? I often wonder if we are standing 
firmly enough for our Lord. Does our attire, our gen- 
eral appearance, our manner of life tell others that we 
are Christians? Do we ever speak about Christ? 

For some time Paul and Barnabas tarried and taught 
in Antioch. After the Jerusalem conference, Paul be- 
came restless and suggested that they return to the cities 
that had been visited previously. He was anxious to 
know how they fared. As they started on their second 
journey there was contention as to whether or not John 
Mark should accompany them. Barnabas felt he should 
be given a chance while Paul did not want a quitter. 
Consequently John Mark and Barnabas started the sec- 
ond team of foreign missionaries. 



Paul and Silas went to the churches of Syria and Cili- 
cia. Tarsus was the chief city of Cilicia but no account 
is given of a church in this place. There may have 
been one or more however, for you recall that Paul 
went to Tarsus soon after his conversion. It appears 
that from Tarsus these 2 went to Derbe and thence 
to Lystra where previously Paul had been stoned, 
and even now he bore the marks from that stoning. 
How easy it would have been to have steered clear of 
this city which had so abused him. But Paul went, and 
here young Timothy was discovered. What a blessing 
he was even until the end of Paul's ministry. 

What a peculiar sensation must have been Paul's as 
they went through Phrygia and Galatia. Asia seemed so 
near — seemed such a challenge. On he went to the 
northwest as far as Mysia. It seemed certain the 
message should now be given at Bithynia. Paul was 
trying to program his work, but God had His own plan. 
Just as one who wishes to surprise a friend drives be- 
yond the house, or a militarist attempts his strategy, so 
by-passing Asia and Bithynia hastened the forward 
movement of missions. 

There was Bithynia with its tribes that knew not 
Christ. How he wanted to preach there, but he could 
not. Then on to Troy proceed Silas and Paul. A night 
vision of one crying, "Come over into Macedonia and 
help us," appeared to Paul. He saw the need and an- 
swered it. Now he understood that man's disappoint- 
ments are God's appointments. We know Paul was 
Spirit-led, because Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, Ath- 
ens, and Corinth follow. 

We have followed workers who despite persecution 
and opposition were willing to burn out for Him. If 
the call, "Come over and help us," reaches you, will you 
answer "Yes"? Can you say with Paul that tribulation, 
distress, persecution, famine, nor nakedness can sep- 
arate us from the love of Christ; nay in all these things 
we are more than conquerors through Him that loves us 
(see Rom. 8:35,37). 



OFFICIAL REPORT 

APRIL! Birthday Month! Hope you haven't forgot- 
ten! April is the month when we have our birthday 
meeting and take up a special offering for the higher 
education of missionaries' children. This is a worthy 
project, girls. Let's all do our best! Remember to send 
your birthday offering in to the national treasurer before 
May 10. 

WANTED! Recruits for SMM. Do you have any new 
girls in your church or community? You can fulfill 
Martha Goal #4 by enlisting them in your SMM. 

CRAFTS: You can fulfill Martha Goal #7 by making 
articles for missionaries, hospitals, shut-ins, etc. There 
are many such ideas in the project book. If you don't 
have one, you can get one from the literature secretary. 

BANDAGE ROLLING: Had your bandage-rolling 
meeting yet? Don't forget! This is one of the starred 
goals. The bandages must be 2 inches wide, 7 yards 
long, and sewed only with a few stitches in the center. 
Send your bandages to either your district bandage sec- 
retary (if you have one) or to the national bandage 
secretary. 



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Aev. and Urs. Blaine Snyder 



tfinona Lake, Ind. 



NORA'S NAME ^y ^°^^^ Donaldson 

Miss Nora gathered the children around her this 
morning for a story. ''Boy and girls," she began, "I want 
to tell you about little Nora. She had the most embar- 
rassing experience. When she started to school at the 
age of 6 the teacher began the day by calling the roll. 
She called each child's name and he or she would an- 
swer, 'Here.' But when she called 'Eleanor' she got no 
answer. She called the same name 3 times, but got no 
answer. So the teacher thought Eleanor had not come. 
But when she started giving out supplies, books, and 
pencils, she found a little scared girl way in the back 
row. 'Who are you?' she asked. 'My name is Nora. I 
just came today. I'm 6.' 'Oh, you must be Eleanor,' 
said the teacher. 'I am not,' said the little girl. 'I don't 
know Eleanor. My name is Nora. Everybody calls 
me Nora.' " 

By this time. Miss Nora's class was "in stitches." 
They had all seen the error little Nora had made. But 
they were surprised when Miss Nora said it was a true 
story and that she was the little girl who had almost 
gotten left out of things at school. She hurried on to 
explain that she had really learned a lot that day — that 
many folk have real names and nicknames, and that 
you had better know both or you are surely going to 
miss out on some mighty good things. 

"But," said Miss Nora, "I know a person who has 
many names, and He knows every time any one of them 
is used. His name that you know best is Holy Spirit. 
He is the third person in the Godhead. Luke 11:13 calls 
Him by this name and tells us that God lets the Holy 
Spirit dwell in His children. It says, 'How much more 
shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to thein 
that ask him.' In Hebrews 10:29 He is called the Spirit 
of Grace. We are told not to insult the Spirit of Grace 
and to listen to His appeal. In Matthew 3:11-12 and in 
Isaiah 4:4 the Holy Ghost is spoken of as the Spirit of 
Burning. God is said to clean up His children who have 
gotten dirty with Satan's things by using the Spirit of 
Judgment and the Spirit of Burning. We should keep 
clean so God won't have to be so severe on us. Also, in 
John, the Spirit is called the Spirit of Truth. As such. 
He possesses, reveals, confers, leads into, testifies to, and 
defends the truth. As God is love, so the Spirit is truth. 
He is against the spirit of evil, or the spirit of the Devil. 

"Now, let's read Romans 8:2." The children found 
the place and read together, "For the law of the Spirit 
of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law 
of sin and death." "What is my Friend called in that 
passage?" asked Miss Nora. Of course they all knew — 
the Spirit of Life. Then Miss Nora asked if each one 
had the Spirit of Life in his or her own life. She ex- 
plained that unless they had asked God to forgive their 
sins, and to acknowledge Jesus as their own personal 
Saviour, that the Spirit of Life could not make them 
free. 

"You know, boys and girls, when you have come to 




Marybeth Munn 



"He healeth the broken in heart, 
and bindeth up their wounds" (Psa. 
147:3). How true, but He uses us, His 
ambassadors, as the means through 
which He usually heals both the body 
and the soul. All of us are not called 
to go personally, but we are all to 
have a share in this work as we send 
others and pray for them. Marybeth 
is our ambassador to African lepers. 



Jesus, and the Holy Spirit comes to live within you. He 
helps you with every problem. In Isaiah 11 and in Luke 
4 He is spoken of as the Spirit of wisdom and of knowl- 
edge. So, you see, you need never worry about whether 
to do this or that, for the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit 
of knowledge will tell you what is wrong and what is 
right. Our trouble is that we often want to do that 
thing so badly, or we want to go to that questionable 
place so much that we don't even listen to the Spirit of 
wisdom and knowledge telling us, 'No.' We really tell 
Him rudely to 'Shut up! Don't dictate to me. Don't 
interfere with my life so much.' Oh how we must grieve 
the Holy Spirit when we won't even listen to His warn- 
ings!" 

By now the children had found a few verses about the 
names of the Holy Spirit. Jerry read in Ephesians 1:13 
— "Ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise." 
He explained how his mother had told him that this 
verse meant that God would keep all His promises to 
those who would believe on Jesus, and that Jesus said 
He would send the Comforter, the Spirit, to link our 
lives with God. 

Mary read from I Peter 4:14 — "The spirit of glory and 
of God resteth upon you." She said she had asked her 
father what was meant by glory, and he had told her in 
this verse it meant character — what a person really was. 
He had told her that a child of God will be glad if the 
spirit of glory rests on him, for it helps him to show 
others that he belongs to Jesus, and his Christian char- 
acter shines out all over him. 

Then Miss Nora had them all read I Corinthians 3:16 — 
"The Spirit of God dwelleth in you" and Romans 8:9 — 
''Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none 
of his." She told them how serious this is. If any of 
them did not have the Spirit, he would not be saved and 
could not get into heaven. 

"Now little Nora was not kept out of school because 
.she did not know her name, but you will be kept out of 
heaven unless you know you have the Holy Spirit 
dwelling in you. Please, children, think about this and 
hasten to tell others, so that none will be lost." 

Before the children had their closing prayer, they re- 
called all the names of the Holy Spirit and found there 
were about 10 or 11. They did not need to marvel that 
He could remember all these names and answer to them, 
for they knew that He was God and God was everything 
and everywhere. He never makes mistakes, gets mixed 
up, or forgets. 

CAN YOU— 

Name the names of the Spirit? 

Tell what each name means? 

Tell whv He never misses when His name is called? 



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'OLUME 15, NUMBER 12 



HOME MISSION NUMBER 



MARCH 21, 1953 



1952 SMM HOME MISSION PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION 

This chapel at Hell-for-Certain, Dryhill, Ky., was made possible largely thi-ough the gifts of the Sisterhood 
of Mary and Martha. Various other gifts and much donated labor also helped to see it so nearly completed. The 
dedication will be postponed until late spring because of present road conditions. 




_Xrj ike C^diior ^ee5 Jj^t 



By L. L. Grubb 



HUE RESPONSIBILITY CF HAVING GOD'S WORD 

In all times those who have had God's i-evelation have 
been commissioned to deliver it to others. 

God called Jeremiah and arid: "Gird up thy loins, and 
arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: he 
not dismayed at their fsces, lest I confound thee before 
them." Jeremiah said: "His word w.'as in my heart as a 
burning fire, and I was weary with forbearing, and I 
could not stay." 

Jeremiah's message was not popular and well received. 
But the man of God preached it fearlessly because of n 
burning spiritual fire and passion in his own soul to 
obey and please his God. 

Ezekiel was commissioned by God to be a "watchma:!" 
to the house of Israel. His task under God was to "hejr 
the word at my mouth and give them warning from me." 
If he failed in this task it was m^.de plain to him that 
when the wicked man died in his iniquity his blood 
would be required at the prophet's hand. 

God has not changed His eternal plan of evangeJiz?.- 
tion. He still commissions His preachers, teachers, lav- 
men and servants to carry the Gospel to the ends of the 
earth, rebuking sin and preaching Christ for salvation. 
Christ spoke to His disciples just as the dispensation 
of grace began, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations." 

Christians during this 20th century have this same 
Word of God in sacred trust. They cai'ry this responsi- 
bility — making the Word of Life known to men every- 
where. Nor will there be any excuse more before God 
than there would have been for Jeremiah or Ezekiel had 
they failed. God will hold us responsible for the blood 
of wicked men if we fail in our witness. 

God has given us a great and growing foreign mission 
program in our Fellowship. He has placed His Word in 
oiLr hands. Any who have attended Brethren churches 
even for a short time will have heard God's plan of 
evangelization often. Therefore we are without excuse 
if we fail to gi'asp the opportunities now before us for 
world evangelization. Foreign doors of service are stil! 
open, but inay close very rapidly and even now are 
closing in soine sections of the world. We must act at 
once or later utter the cry— TOO LITTLE AND TOO 
LATE! 

Let us realize that God's hand of blessing in service is 
upon us and increase our foreign mission giving to 
spread the story of redeeming grace across the earth. 

NO DEPRESSION IN POKERTOWN, U. S. A. 

There is one little section of our nation where there is 
permanent prosperity, where gambling houses cash in 
nightly on full poker tables. Only 6 big clubs gross 
$3,000,000 a year. 



The place has been called Gardena and is located on 
Western Avenue on the edge of Los Angeles. Close to 
$100,000 annually goes into the town treasury as taxes 
en the poker games. 

The 15-year gambling history of this town has been a 
varied one. Murder has been cominitted. There have 
been over 2.000 police interventions on cheating charges 
against poker players. At least 3,000 calls have come 
to police because of fights over poker winnings and 
losings. Several thousand holdups have been recorded. 
Crime is bound to attend a situation like this. 

Players range in age froin the very young to grand- 
mothers. In fact, one of the most famous players is a 
woinan 72 years of age who makes her living in this way. 
She is not the only one who has taken up gambling as a 
means of livelihood. The tcwn is full of professionals. 

What does the town think of this? Every few years 
church groups and soine welfare groups enlist enough 
support to see whether gambling should be continued. 
Each time such a move has been defeated. A commu- 
nity such as this would naturally draw people who like 
to gamble, just as Las Vegas does. The way things look 
now no human influence is going to stop the flow of 
poker chips and the crime attending it. especially when 
2 of the largest clubs are operated by the Veterans of 
Foreign Wars and the American Legion. 

What Gardena needs is an evangelist on fii-e for Christ 
and a group of people who know how to pray. No doubt 
no other power will overturn the tables of the money- 
changers. Just as Christ did it in the Temple, He can do 
it literally in modern poker dens. But there must be 
someone who is willing to carry the message and face 
Satan in his den without regard to the consequences. 

This is the America of today! 

WATER FOR ISRAEL 

The truth of God's prophetic Word is again empha- 
sized by comparatively recent findings in Palestine as to 
a water supply. 

In Isaiah 35:6-7 God says through the prophet, ". . . for 
in the wilderness shall waters break out. and streams in 
the desert. And the parched ground shall become a 
pool, and the thirsty land springs of water." 

We are now told that each passing day more sources 
of water are being found. Millions of cubic meters of 
water are available for the intense cultivation of hun- 
dreds of duTiams of land. The government of Israel is 
already working hard on this project and the claim is 
that soon iminense irrigation projects will be under way. 

How strengthening to our faith to realize that our God 
is even now showing the partial fulfillment of prophecies 
relating to the blessing and welfare of His chosen people. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as second class matter April 16. 1943. at the post office at Winona Lake. Ind.. under 
the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake. Ind. Subscription price. S2.00 a year; 100- 
percent churches. $1.50; foreign. $3.00. Board of Directors: Arnold Kriegbaum. President: Robert D. Crees. Vice President: Walter A. Lepp, 
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NEW RADIO PROGRAMS AVAILABLE 

I" Twenty -five new radio Gospel Trutli programs are 

now available to our Brethren churches anywhere in 
the U. S. A. Recently the Gospel Truth staff gathered 
in Chicago and recorded these broadcasts, which strong- 

I ly emphasize the Biblical testimony of our Fellowship. 

I The talent on this program is all Brethren. Our male 

quartet is composed of 3 pastors and 1 evangelist; Breth- 
ren Robert Ashman, Russell Ward, Charles Bergerson, 
and Gerald Polman. Ingenious Brother Bergerson pre- 
sides at the organ as well as singing in the quartet. In 
addition, these programs all contain solos by our bril- 
liant young lyric tenor, Bro. Leroy Hawkins, who is a 
member of our home mission church in Albany, Greg. 

The program is designed for a 30-minute broadcast 
with 13 ¥2 minutes on tape and the local pastor preaching 
the sermon. 

If you desire to use the broadcast — contact our office. 

3 HOME MISSION BLESSINGS IN 1 DAY 

On Saturday night the wheels of the Navion touched 
the long runway at Albuquerque, N. Mex., and minutes 
later we stepped out of the airplane with Bro. Edison 
Yoder, one of our directors. The flight had been a pleas- 
ant and fast one in spite of some bad winter weather. 

Early on Sunday morning we fellowshiped with our 
missionary among the Spanish-Americans in Albuquer- 
que, Bro. Clarence Gutierrez. Later we enjoyed a time 
of real blessing with our Christians there. Several new 
members encouraged us as we realized the very difficult 



DID YOU RECEIVE A MINUTE-MAN LETTER? 




The Findlay Minute-Man letters are coming }jaek to 
us in a steady stream from Brethren all over the United 
States and we thank each one of you for them. How- 
ever, some are coming back without gifts because we 
didn't have your correct address. It would be a real 
help to us if you would notify us when you have a 
change of address. No doubt many of you have received 
a letter, but for some reason you haven't returned your 
gift, so why not do it now before you forget it. 



nature of the work in a State where Roman Catholicism 
has great power. The little auditorium had been dec- 
orated and the floor finished so that now we have a very 
attractive little church. Our missionaries and our peo- 
ple there need the earnest prayers of God's people and 
especially Brother Gutierrez needs prayer for his finan- 
cial support. 

Just before noon we took off from the Albuquerque 
airport and in about 45 minutes we were across the long 
stretch of desert and beautiful mesa and were parked on 
the Indian mission compound at Counselor, N. Mex. 
What a blessing it was to see about 65 Indians crowd into 
the little chapel room downstairs shortly after lunch 
and to see their interest in spiritual truth. A fine mes- 
sage was delivered by our missionary, Bro. Evan Adams, 
and interpreted by our splendid worker, Mrs. Antone. 
To hear these Indians who had been in spiritual dark- 
ness for so long singing gospel songs of hope and joy 
was indeed a thrill to our souls. 

We found ourselves wishing that each individual who 
had ever contributed a small gift to the Indian work 
could have been with us to see how the Gospel has pro- 
duced fruit, and especially in the splendid group of chil- 
dren who are now in our school. The transformation is 
almost unbelievable. We were in a favorable position 
to see this contrast, having seen them both before and 
after. Here the work of Miss Angle Garber has indeed 
been outstanding. It is cause for real sorrow that she is 
physically unable to continue this work. 

Each visit to our work on the reservation naturally 
impresses us with many new needs because of the mag- 
nitude and challenge of the field. 

The present mission station is too small to house all 
departments of this growing work and provide living 
quarters as well. We have found it to be absolutely 
necessary to construct a small dwelling for our mission- 
ary and his family. We also need a small buUding to 
serve as a schoolroom and recreation room outside our 
present building. As the Lord has met our needs in the 
past, we believe He will also meet these future needs of 
our mission. Here is a subject for earnest prayer — that 
God will raise up helpers to meet these pressing needs. 

On the same Lord's Day we took off late in the after- 
noon for Taos, N. Mex., and were again amazed at the 
vastness of this territory as we flew along rugged moun- 
tains and sharp crags across the little grand canyon of 
the Rio Grande and dropped down into 8 inches of snow 
on the Taos airport. 

The evening service with our Spanish-Americans in 
Taos and our missionaries there really filled our cup of 
blessing to overflowing. A large congregation was pres- 
ent for the evening service and the Spirit of God was 
present in power. This church is making its influence 
felt in this community and all through the area under 
the leadership of Bro. Sam Homey. 

Monday morning we went to Cordillera, where our 
first self-supporting Spanish church is located, and 
looked at the damage which had been caused in the roof 



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of this building by a small fii-e from an overheated stove. 
This has now been repaired and the building is in use 
again, as Tony Luna leads on in spiritual things. At 
Arroyo Hondo, where David Tolardo is holding forth 
the Word of Life, God is abundantly blessing. This is 
the mission where Celina Mares worked for a long pe- 
riod. Celina is now giving a good account of her min- 
istry mostly in the Taos area, where so much visitation 
is to be done. 

Plans are baing made for a new self-supporting mis- 
sion in Arroyo Seco, not far from Taos, with the Breth- 
ren Youth Fellowship vitally interested in helping to 
construct ths building. Pray for this new project. 

NEW WORK IN JOHNSTOWN PROMISING 

One of our newer churches is the growing work in the 
Riverside section of the city of Johnstown, Pa. As the 
result of the faithful and sacrificial work of a few Breth- 
ren laymen, this church became a reality. Meetings have 




Converted dwelling at Riverside, Pa. 




Pastor Ralph Hall and jainily. 

been held in a converted house which has served well 
for public worship services and Sunday school. 

Our recent visit here revealed a fine, growing congre- 
gation and a Sunday school pushing toward the 100 
mark. Located in an unchurched area of the city there 
is great opportunity to reach many lost souls with the 
Gospel of Chi-ist. Bro. Ralph Hall, the pastor, has sup- 
ported himself for many months and developed this 
work at the same time. He needs to spend full time at 
this work as do other young men who are now building 
Brethren churches on the same basis. 



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WORK IN JENNERS GROWING 

A Sunday school of 102 greeted us in Jenners, Pa., not 
far from our Johnstown churches. The East Fellowship 
Listrict Mission Board has done a fine job in developing 
this church, which now boasts the completed shell of a 
bui ding, with plans for the completion of the upstau's 
auditorium. The lower auditorium has been made very 
attractive by the addition of several coats of paint. Bro. 
Victor Rogers, the pastor, reports the blessing of God 
on the work. 

NEW CHAPEL AT DRYHILL, KY. 

Because of the vision, prayers, and gifts of our Sister- 
hood of Mary and Martha, we now have a fine little 



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Miss Fuqua leading the Sunday school in a chorus. 



chapel building high up on the hillside at Dryhill, other- 
wise known as Hell-for-Certain, where Miss Evelyn 
Fuqua is our missionary. 

The story of the construction of this building and 
many of the Lord's people who assisted in making it 
possible will be fully told when it is properly dedicated. 

There were 46 in the Sunday school and a few more 
in the church service as we fellowshiped with these new 
friends in the Kentucky hills. Miss Evelyn has done a 
fine job in reaching many with the Gospel and also in 
the school work. Her little jeep is busy most of the 
time carrying her somewhere in the Lord's business. 

The interior of the chapel is not yet complete and 
some work is still necessary on the outside porch. How- 
ever, it is in fuU use each week. 

FINE MEETING AT CLAYHOLE 

As a result of some hard work and real cooperation. 




Clayhole Brethren Church and mission home. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 



our Claj'hole Brethren Sunday school placed 4th in Class 
D in the Christian Life contest. The attendance just 
about tripled during this contest and great interest was 
generated all along Troublesome Creek. Brother Lan- 
druni, our missionary, was well pleased with the re- 
sponse end says that they are planning another and 
larger contest this coming year. 

We took advantage of our opportunity to meet with 
the group on Sunday evening when about 100 saw our 
horns mission pictures. 

Physical expansion of our church to provide Sunday 
school rooms is badlj' needed here. Pray that the Lord 
will enable us in this. 




Clayhole viissionary jamily — Rev. and Mrs. Seioell 
Landrum, Peggy, Lois Kay, and Ruth Marie. 

GREAT OPPORTUNITY AT PARKERSBURG, W. VA. 
Here is a great and challenging new home mission field 
which is being entered by the council in close coopera- 
tion with the East Fellowship District Mission Board. 
An enthusiastic group of people, under the leadership of 
Bro. Lester Smitley, is anxious to find a location for a 
church building and also to have their own house of 
worship. Meeting in the community building has its 
serious problems and is far removed from the new com- 
munity where v.'e hope to locate our new church. The 
Lord has blessed in spite of the many handicaps. Souls 
have been saved and added to the church. In our recent 




Parkershurg, W. Va., group. 



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survey of the city from both the air and the ground we 
found some fine prospective locations for a church. Our 
needs here are similar to those elsewhere — funds for the 
purchase of property and construction of a new building 
and also for the full-time support of the pastor, who now 
works for Sears Roebuck in the television maintenance 
department. We need your prayers above all else for 
the development of this promising field. 




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Rev. Lester Smitley and jamily, Parkershurg, W. Va. 



I. The Purpose. 

A. To reveal the mind of Christ. 

B. To reveal the mind of the saints who are in Christ 
Jesus. 

II. The Key Words. 

A. Mind (1:27; 2:2, 2, 3, 5, 23; 3:15, 16; 4:2, 7, 10). 

B. Joy (1:4, 25; 2:2, 17, 18; 4:1). 

C. Rejoice (1:18, 18, 28; 2:16, 17, 18, 28; 3:1. 3; 4:4, 4, 
10). 

III. The Key Verses. 

A. 2:5 — "Let this mind be in you, which was also in 
Christ Jesus." 

1. Its e.xposition (2:6-8; cf. Heb. 12:2-3). 

B. 1:21 — "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is 
gain." 

1. Its explanation (Rom. 9:3). 

IV. The Key Outline. (Dr. C. I. Scofield's is also very 
good.) 

A. Life in Christ — a possession (1:1-28). 

B. Unity in Christ — an encouragement (1:27-2:30). 

C. Joy in Christ — a concentration (3). 

D. Faithfulness in Christ — an exhortation (4). 

V. The Key Thoughts for the Day. 

A. 4:4 — "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, 
Rejoice." 

1. This is rule No. 1. 

B. 4:5-6 — "Let your moderation [forbearance] be 
known unto all men ... In nothing be anxious; but in 
every thing by prayer and supplication with thanks- 
giving let your requests be made known unto God." 

4:8— "Think on these things." 
1. These are rules 2, 3, and 4. 

C. "The measure of the church's authority is the 
measure of her conformity to the mind of Christ." "The 
mind of Christ is the only thing that makes us truly 
royal." "Let the church of God be mastered by love, 
filled with singing and with joy, perpetually serving, and 
she rises to a throne of power and authority in this, and 
in every age." 

D. "The supreme thing is that we should be wholly, 
absolutely mastered by Christ, that we should be cap- 
tives of the Lord. That is the ideal." 



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CLAYHOLE BRETHREN WfN CONTEST 



By Rsv. Sewell S. Landrum, Pastor 




Pastor Landrum 



There was plenty of excitement on Troublesome Creek 
as October 5 ushered in the Chi-istian Life Sunday School 
Contest. From Buckhorn to Lost Creek, Ky., enthusi- 
asm, coupled with a determination to win this contest, 
ran high. The Clayhole Brethren Church, a small home 
mission church, located in Breath- 
itt County, Ky., was the centsr 
for all this activity in an all-out 
effort to reach the people of the 
area for Christ. Careful and 
prayerful planning had gone into 
the preparation for this contest 
over several months preceding it 
and now the actual moment had 
come to launch out and see the 
completion of these plans. 

The aim was summed up in e. 
slogan chosen for the contest, 
"Clayhole for Christ." The burden for souls rested 
heavily upon the hearts of the small band of workers as 
they gathered on a hot summer evening to make their 
first plans. It was determined from the outset that this 
Sunday school contest was not to be an average contest 
but an all-out movement under God, whereby the entire 
community would be aroused and stirred for Christ 
through the work of the Sunday school. 

The very simplicity of life in the ccmmunity made this 
task difficult. There were no factories or other business 
places to visit for help in increasing attendance. In fact, 
there was only a school, a church, a few stores and 
homes. Thus it was essential that a thorough job had to 
be done with what was available. 

The theme song for the contest, "Win Them One by 
One," to the tune of "Revive Us Again," was the key- 
note. With this challenge we went out witnessing for 
Christ and succeeded in touching many of the inountain 
people, even those living in the narrow valleys along 
Troublesome Creek and its small tributaries. Visitation 
here was very difficult and travel often was onlj' by 
jeep or on foot, since there was not a single telephone in 
the community. The work had to be done as it was by 
the very fu'st Christians in the early New Testament 
church. 

Practically every home in the area was contacted 
through our visitation program. This caused sort of a 
chain reaction to set in, with folks who were invited in 
turn inviting others as the enthusiasm developed. This 
invitation program linked with the 14-vehicle parade 
from Buckhorn to the county seat on Saturday, October 
4, all the while using a strong public-address system, 
made the community very inuch alive to the reality of 
the Brethren Sunday school. Adding to this the fact 
that a 2-weeks revival meeting came to a conclusion on 
October 5, the first day of the contest, there were no 
doubts that the Clayhole people were really thinking 
about spiritual things. Decisions for Christ in these 2 
weeks of meetings helped to whet the spiritual appetites 
of the people and to give them a greater love for souls. 

The schools in the area cooperated in every possible 
way in making the contest a success. The Breathitt 
County High School and the Caney Consolidated School, 



with hundreds of pupils and many teachers, gave us free 
access and helped by stressing announcements. The 
first Sunday of the contest was designated "Teachers 
Day." Direct mail was sent to every teacher in the 
county. As a result for that first Sunday, the principal 
of Breathitt High School, with 600 students enrolled, 
was present together with the principals of 4 consoli- 
dated grade schools and 9 other public school teachers, 
along with many of their pupils. 

The stores of the community were very cooperative 
in advertising the contest. Two merchants agreed to 

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Prayer Chonges Things 

By Frcr.k Poland, Assistant to the Secretary 

This title is a very familiar motto and we see it in 
many places. It is before me every hour spent in the 
office, but sometimes I wonder to how many people it is 
only a motto. In other words, they have never experi- 
enced the change prayer can make in their lives and in 
their work. 

In the work of honie missions we witness these 
changes, we experience these changes, and we hear 
about these changes taking place daily in our home 
inission churches. This is true becatise of your prayers 
and we beseech you to continue steadfast. Did you ever 
pray about something and, because you could not actu- 
ally see any change, you just wondered if it was an- 
swered? You really were not doubting God but you 
were just anxious. I have had this feeling at times and 
I have taken the Prayer Pointer page of the Brethren 
Missionary Herald to check the previous home mission 
requests that were answered. It will thrill your soul to 
observe the changes brought about by prayer. Try it 
sometime, for it is encouraging. 

Last September, at the outset of the home mission 
offering period, a page was devoted to urgent prayer 
requests and I wonder if you have followed the results 
or changes that have taken place since that time. To 
bring you up to date, here are a few of the requests 
followed by the changes. 

"A completed upper auditorium needed at Alexandria, 
Va." — dedication is planned for March 29. "A new 
church building needed at Denver, Colo." — ground had 
not been broken at the time, but a picture of the church 
appeared in last month's Herald. "A new chapel needed 
at Hell-for-Certain, Ky." — it was not started at the time, 
but a picture of it appears on the cover of this issue. "A 
full-time pastor needed at Seattle, Wash." — Rev. Thomas 
Hammers has bsen on the field 2 months. "The part- 
time pastor at Findlay, Ohio, needed to become full- 
time" — Rev. Forest Lance became full-time pastor on 
January 1. The other requests at that time are being | 
fulfilled and you will be able to check them off month 
by month as you read about them. Yes, prayer changes 
things, and we praise God it's true. 



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SOUL RECLAIMED AFTER 35 YEARS OF STRAYING 



By Rev. Arnold R. Kriegbaum, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 



Nine months ago the pastor's phone rang and the lady 

on the other end of the line said: "This is Mrs. . 

I have never been in your church; you do not know me; 
I have never heard you preach; but I wonder if I could 
make an appointment to talk with you in your church 
office." Assuring her that I would gladly call on her in 
her home, if this would assist her in any way, she readily 
agreed, and the appointment was made. 

Upon arriving, the pastor was welcomed by a cultured 
woman and ushei-ed into a very elegantly furnished 
apartment. On the woman's countenance was an ex- 
pression of grave concern. 

Her story was a sad one. At the age of 9 she had 
professed faith in the Lord as her Saviour, but during 
high school years she started on the path of sin. Dis- 
obeying her mother and disregarding what she knew 
was the will of God, she married an unbeliever. 

The next 20 years of her life told like a mad dream 
of wanton pleasure, resulting in sin and sorrow. A di- 
vorce ensued; she remarried. The next 10 years she 
spent reveling in the heights of materialism. But now. 
comoletely disarmed, her heart's cry was, "Can God for- 
give?" "For 30 years," she sobbed, "the Spirit of God 
has harassed me. I was compelled to attend true gospel 
services. But I was willful and stubborn to have my 
own way." 



According to her testimony, the Lord permitted weak- 
ness of health, and she began to consider the appeal of 
the Holy Spirit to take inventory. Inventory revealed, 
"Weighed and found wanting." 

The film, "Mr. Texas," was shown in Cedar Rapids, 
and the pastor had been asked at the close of the show- 
ing to give the invitation — 25 or 30 folk had responded 

to the invitation that night. Mrs. was present, 

but she had resisted. Then she telephoned the pastor. 
She wanted to be sure she spoke with one who believed 
in the new birth. 

After reading together passages of Scripture concerning 
God's amazing grace and power to forgive sin through 
Christ, she kneeled and prayed to God, beseeching Him 
to pardon and cleanse her of 30 years of the sin of diso- 
bedience and rebellion. The next Lord's Day she pub- 
licly reaffirmed her faith in Christ in the Grace Brethren 
Church of Cedar Rapids. 

Last week she departed from this life, the victim of 
c~nc2r of the liver. The last 9 months of her life were 
given to witnessing about Christ to her relatives. In 
her sickroom she was a blessing to all who visited with 
hsr. But "God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man 
soweth, that shall he also reap." 

Although she knew the Lord had forgiven and 
cleansed her wickedness, she all but feared standing in 
t'^-e presence of her Lord and Saviour so empty-handed! 



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ARTESIA, CALIF. (Adam Rager, pastor)— 

We had a real time of spiritual blessing with the 
Humberds from February 8 to 13. On the last night, 
with 44 present, there were 2 decisions. We praise the 
Lord for His goodness to us and for the definite answers 
to prayer. An increasing number of high-school-age 
young people are showing an interest in the work here 
and a general revival spirit is being evidenced. 

TAOS, N. MEX. (Sam Homey, missioiiary )— 

We had 27 present at Arroyo Seco last Sunday for the 
services. This is the largest number in attendance we 
have ever seen. The work is very encouraging and we 
will try to get you some pictures soon. (Editor's note — 
This is the place the national BYF is planning to fur- 
nish funds for building a chapel as a home mission proj- 
ect. The above note should be of interest to all BYF 
organizations and a challenge to the need of the chapel ) 

CLEVELAND, OHIO (Russell M. Ward, pastor)— 

Tomorrow afternoon we are holding our first Bible 
club in cooperation with the Christian Business Men's 
Committee, who sponsor child evangelism in this area 
We have experts to start us off and good help to continue 
it, plus a tremendous amount of enthusiasm both among 
the leaders and the children contacted in the area around 
the church. In the near future we are beginning a boys 
club work and we will be sending you reports on these 
activities later. Next Sunday. March 8, we plan to have 
a baptismal service for at least 4 and possibly more. 

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (Bruce Button, mi.ssionary)— 

We praise God for the recent results in our children'r> 
meetings. We have seen your prayers answered by 2 
girls accepting Christ as their Saviour. One of the girls 
comes from a Jewish family and the other from a Catho- 
lic family. Pray for these girls and the children's work 
that more may be reached for Him. 

PORTLAND, OREG. (Vernon Harris, pastor)— 

It certainly was a thrill to see the national WMC proj- 
ect offering check arrive and we do appreciate the fact 
that they were willing to consider our needs. I always 
did think the WMC was a good organization: now I am 
positive of it. The men of the church have finished th^ 
lath work and we had more or less figured the WMC 
project offering would pay for the plastering, which will 
cost approximately $1,000, On the spiritual side of the 
ledger, 10 members have been received into our church 
in the last few weeks, of which 8 were adults. 

BEAUMONT, CALIF. (Gene FarreU, pastor)- 

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put handbills in the bags of groceries and one allowed 
the handbills to be placed on his counter for people to 
take freely. In addition, these merchants also invited 
many to the Sunday school. 

The Jackson Times gave prominent front-page cover- 
age 5 out of the 6 weeks of the contest and 1 week gave 
a good spot on the back page. In the last week's write- 
up a complete summary was given on the contest. In 
fact, it was agreed in the area that for many years no 
one event had received as much and as consistent front- 
page coverage as this contest had. Announcements 
were also made over the various church radio programs 
as well as on the news broadcasts. 

It seemed that the whole community was interested in 
making this project a great success. 

During the 6 weeks of the contest the little Clayhole 
Brethren Sunday School had an average attendance of 
345, which meant that the Sunday school attendance was 
almost tripled. 

Winning 4th place in this contest, with over 1.600 
American Sunday schools entered, brought the Clayhole 
church 100 new songbooks, a flannelgraph board with 
an easel, which totaled in value S139.80. 

We praise God for giving us this victory and we trust 
that its blessing will continue through the months. 



made toward the completion of our church. We are 
ready to finish the floor, install the light fixtures, lay 
the carpet, and install the seats when they arrive. Our 
primary objective is to occupy the lower auditorium and 
then finish many of the things at a later date as we have 
the time. God is continuing to keep us out of debt with 
timely iniracles of supply, which keep the people rejoic- 
ing in His great faithfulness. The whole community is 
watching, too, believe you me. and all thanks to Him. 

ALBUQUERQUE, N. MEX. (Clarence Gutierrez, mis- 
sionary) — 

We had another spiritual victory in pur church last 
night when a young couple accepted Christ as Saviour 
for the first time. Some of the men of the church are 
without work, but the offerings continue to increase 
some and the attendance is good. Pray for the Lord's 
leading in the work and in our lives as we serve Him. 

CEDAR RAPIDS. IOWA (Arnold R. Krieghaum, pas- 
tor) — 

About 2 years ago a young man attended our services 
with his lady friend. His general attitude was of indif- 
ference and unconcern. About a year ago the couple 
married, but attended c'nurch services only occasionally. 
However, by prayer and calling, their interest was main- 
tained, and 2 weeks ago, after much personal work, this 
young m:in and his wife were led of the Holy Spirit to 
t^ke their stand and publicly confess Christ. This was 
the j'oung man's first confession, and a reaffirmation 
:"or the young wife. We praise God for this victory. 
They are to be baptized within the next few weeks and 
rre to enter our church fellowship as members. 



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ISKAEL CALLS! 



!N T5MES OF SORROW 

"It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I 
might learn thy statutes" (Psa. 119:71). This we pray 
will be the testimony of a young Jewess who recently 
confessed Christ as her Messiah and Saviour. At the 
present time her physical affliction is too close for her 
to see any blessing in it. 

This is how the Lord worked in her life. My fii-st 
contact with Helen was made about a year and a half 
ago in my regular door-to-door calling. There are 
always those to whom one feels particularly drawn and 
with whom further contacts can easily be made. Helen 
was one of these. She had not been well for a number 
of years and just recently her physical problems had 
been added to when she fell while attempting to move 
a davenport. In her desperation she has tried numerous 
doctors and even psychologists and psychoanalysts, but 
all to no avail. Each time I called, opportunity was 
given to point her to the Lord, explaining that He could 
help her if she would only put her trust in Him. As she 
felt dizzy continually, she seldom accepted any literature 
or tracts. 

Several times she spoke to me of healing meetings 
about which she had read, but explaining the un-Scrip- 
tural stand of these, I would point out to her God's 
method from James 5:13-16. This also gave opportunity 
to explain her need for salvation and God's gift of sal- 
vation through her Messiah, Jesus Christ. She is not a 
religious Jewess and so many of the things, even from 
the Old Testament, about which I talked to her were 
strange and needed to be explained. 

Then one day last fall she asked for literature to read. 
This was a wonderful answer to prayer and a New Tes- 
tament was joyfully given to her. She knew about our 
Thursday evening discussion meetings and gave me 
another thrill by asking to attend. Attending faithfully 
for about a month, she accepted a Bible and entered 
quite freely into the discussions that we had after 
Brother Button brought the evening message. One 
Thursday night she called to say that she would be un- 
able to attend. She sounded so despondent that I de- 
cided to go and talk with her. 

That evening we spoke about the things of God for 
almost 3 hours. She admitted that she was a sinner and 
received the Scriptures that were presented to her. That 
evening she asked Christ to save her and we had prayer 
together. I do not doubt her confession, but she needs 
to yield herself completely to the Lord and permit Him 
to work out His will in her life. As the Buttons and I 
have talked with her we are convinced that her main 
problem is her mental attitude toward her illness. We 
covet your prayers for her that the Lord will give h?r 
victory and increase her faith in Him. Her heali.'ig 
wouM be a wonderful testimony to her husband and to 
other members of her family. Helen's husb^'id has in 
no way hindered her interest in Christ, and othtr mem- 
bers of the family have expressed appreciation of our 
interest in her. "God setteth the solitary in families" 
(Psi 68:6). I believe that she is God's solitary in thi: 
fami'y to be used to reach the othrrs for Christ. 



By Isobel Fraser 

Several times I have told you about Mrs. S. When- 
ever I call in her home it is no problem to have a discus- 
sion on the Bible. In fact, one question leads to another. 
Even her 2 boys (7 and 10 years old) are allowed to ask 
me questions about God. Sometime ago she had told 
me that her mother-in-law had cancer and was not ex- 
pected to live. At the time I asked her if she would like 
to h?-ve a pastor or someone call on her, but she an- 
swered in the negative. Just recently I called again in 
her home, and although she was busy, she took a few 
minutes out to talk with me. When asked about her 
mother-in-law, she explained that she was very low and 
that anytime they expected to hear of her death. Then 
she asked, "Why? Why does God permit such suffer- 
ing?" This gave another opportunity to explain about 
sin and its consequences. Also, I explained, it often 
took affliction to turn men and women to God, and per- 
haps in His mercy God was giving her an opportunity to 
prepare to meet Him. I told her that I would like to 
call on her mother-in-law if she did not mind. She 
gave me permission. This was on Thursday afternoon 
end my plans were to go to see her on Friday. I had 
been home not more than a couple of hours when Mrs. S. 
called and said that I didn't need to go to the hosoital — 
her mother-in-law had died just about 10 minutes 
before. My heart was sick! 

The funeral was to be Sunday at 12 o'clock, and so I 
stayed with her 2 boys. (I went to church by TV, but it 
is no substitute for the house of God.) As Mrs. S. left 
she said to her sons, "If you have any questions about 
God, ask Isobel." They had them. I answered ques- 
lions on the resurrection, if the Israelites reallv heard 
Gcd, and can God be seen. I also gave them a flanne'- 
graoh lessen on Joseph in Egypt. Remember this fam_ily 
at the throne of grace. 





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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. .Conard Sandy 
Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions R. D. Barnard 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

WMC Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller 

1511 Maiden Lane S.W., Roanoke 15, Va. 

SMM Miss Helen Small 

Box 168. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Paul R. Bauman 

Winona Lake. Ind. 



Dedicatory services for the new 
building of the Alexandria, Va., 
church, pastored by Rev. Kenneth 
Teague. are scheduled for the morn- 
ing of March 29, with Rev. Luther 
L. Grubb, secretary of the Brethren 
Home Missions Council, as speaker. 

The Bue?ia Vista, Va.. church, pas- 
tored by Rev. Galen M. Lingenfelter 
has scheduled special meetings for 
March 22-April 5. Rev. Luther L. 
Grubb will be the evangelist and 
Rev. and Mrs. Victor Meyers, mis- 
sionaries under appointment for 
Argentina, will be in charge of the 
music. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Rice, of the Canton, 
Ohio, church, died during the fii'st 
week of March. 

Rev. R. 1. Humberd conducted a 
Bible conference at the Spokane, 
Wash., church in January, his 4th 
there in 25 years. During February 
he spoke in Los Angeles, Calif., at 
the First Church of the Brethren, the 
Eagle Rock Baptist Church, the 
American Prophetic League, the Los 
Angeles Baptist Theological Semi- 
nary, and the Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles. Following these engage- 
ments he spoke at the Arizona Bible 
Institute, Phoenix, Ariz.; at the Dal- 
las Theological Seminary and the 
Bible Institute, both of Dallas, Tex.; 
and at the Brookes Bible Institute of 
St. Louis, Mo., of which Dr. Elias 
White is dean. 

The South Pasadena, Calif., church, 
of which Dr. Charles H. Ashman is 
interim pastor, has voted to buy a 
parsonage and to carpet the entire 
auditorium of the church building. 

Eddie Lash, of the Ashland, Ohio, 
church, won the local American Le- 
gion essay contest. 

The Conemaiigh, Pa.. Pike church, 
of which Rev. Clair Gartland is pas- 
tor, had groundbreaking services 
March 15 for the beginning of a new 



building project. This congregation 
has outgrown its present facilities. 

Be sure to see elsewhere in this 
Herald the announcement concern- 
ing the Revised Standard Version of 
the Bible. 

The Ankenytown, Ohio, church, of 
which Rev. Wesley Haller is pas- 
tor, held special meetings March 9- 
13 under the leadership of Rev. Ber- 
nard Schneider, of Mansfield, Ohio. 

Ten people worked a full day, 
March 4. in cleaning and renovating 
the building (former dwelling house) 
used by the Johnstown, Pa., River- 
side church, of which Rev. Ralph C. 
Hall is pastor. 

Chaplain Ernest F. Pine was trans- 
ferred to Headquarters Command. 
Bol'ing Air Force Base. Washington 
25. D. C. 

The Icwa District WMC plans to 
hold its next rally April 9 at the 
Pleasant Grove church at North 
English. 




Elmer Brothers, of the Ashland, 
Ohio, church, died in the last week 
of February. 

Mrs. Etta L. Rager, of the Cone- 
maugh. Pa., church, died the last 
week of January. 

Speakers at the Bellfloiver, Calif.. 
church March 1 were Rev. Evan 
Adam=;. Counselor Post, N. Mex , 
and Rev. Bob Munro, of Canada. 
Both Pastor and Mrs. George M. 
Richardson have been ill. 

Bro. Dick Messner. of the Ash- 
land, Ohio, church, has been ap- 
proved bv the district ministerial 
ex-^minin'? board for licensure. 

Tbo Bell. Cahf.. church, pastored 
bv Rev. Harrv A. Sturz, was recently 
ffiven n bus by a group of people in 
Pasadena. 

Tb° California District SMM held 
a rallv March 1 at the Los Angeles 
Second church. 

Rei\ Evan Adam-, of Counselor 
Post. N. Mex.. spoke at the Long 
B°?ch. Calif.. Second church on 
March 1 

The Paramount. Calif., church, 
pastored by Rev. John W. Maves. 
had 113 people present in Sunday 



Additions to Membership 

Bell. Calif 2 

Fort Wayne. Ind 8 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 4 

San Bernardino, Calif 5 

Washington, D. C 12 

Public Confessions 

Canton, Ohio 2 

San Bernardino, Calif 3 

Spokane. Wash 2 

Washington, D. C 29 

Dedication of Babies 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 2 



school February 22. Dr. Charles W. 
Mayes preached for his son in the 
evening service that day. 

Rev. and Mrs. Sheldon Snyder, of 
the Yellow Creek, Pa., church, are 
vacationing and visiting 2 of their 
children in Florida. Rev. Raymond 
Yeater preached for him at Yellow 
Creek on March 15, and Bro. Samuel 
Steinberger and Bro. Herbert Chris- 
topher are scheduled to speak March 
22, and Bro. Robert Walter March 29. 

The Buena Vista, Va., church held 
a brief conference, March 11-15, on 
evangelizing through the Sunday 
school, with Rev. James Dixon, of 
Washington, D. C., as speaker. The 
climax was on March 15 when the 
new Sunday school building was 
dedicated to the Lord. 

Little Anne Goodman, daughter of 
Rev. and Mrs. Marvin Goodman, 
missionaries to Africa, underwent 
surgery on her affected leg March 5 
at La Verne. Calif., according to a 
report received in the Herald office. 
No further particulars are available 
at this time. 

Mrs. Esta (Elsie) Rager, a charter 
member of the La Verne. Calif., 
church when it was founded in 1900, 
died at La Verne the first week of 
March. 

Mr. Ben Sickel. father of the late 
Dr. Clarence Sickel, and for many 
years a member of the La Verne, 
Calif., church, died March 7. Brother 
Sickel was 91 years old May 6, 1952. 
and he and Mrs. Sickel, who survives 
him, were married more than 65 
years ago. 

The March issue of the Family 
Circle, a small magazine published 
for chain food stores, has a 10-page 
informative article on Tnos, iV. Mex. 



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D THE TRUE LIGHT ALREADY SHINETH 



II 



By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, Chairman of Book Club Review Committee 



"The darkness is passing away, 
and the true light ah'eady shineth" 
(I John 2:8 ASV). There are no 
more welcome words than these. In 
these words the Apostle John is 
thinking of that darkness which 
originated at the beginning when 
the mystery of iniquity started on its 
long tramp across the lives of men 
and civilization. But even then the 
light was shining, and has continued 
to shine, growing ever brighter with 
the passing of the centuries. 

■ It was that light that burst into 
broad noon at the tomb when dark- 
ness had done its worst to shroud 
the entire world in gloom at the 
cross of Calvary. With the resur- 
rection of Christ the shining light 
reached the zenith of the heavens 
and it was high noon. During these 
1,900 years and more since that day, 
when it seems that darkness is again 
overtaking the world, it is only the 
passing of the clouds and the mists 
and the shadows from the scenes of 
earth's night to the brighter shining 
of Him who is THE LIGHT OF THE 
WORLD. 

At this springtide, when the mem- 
ories of Christ's victory over death, 
hell, and the grave are lingering in 
our minds, it is time for God's people 
to take new courage. The light is 
shining. A passing shadow may have 
come between us and the light. But 
the true light is shining, and shortly 
the Sun of Righteousness will rise 
and all the shadows shall flee away. 

What would be better than to cen- 
ter our attention upon some good 
book that would chart one through 
the Word of God and show how the 
light has come to the dawn of world 
redemption. 

► Therefore the first-choice book for 

April is "The Dawn of World Re- 
demption," by Erich Sauer. This 
book will be sent to members of the 
book club if they do not notify the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Com- 
pany to the contrary by April 1. In 
the event that members desire the 
second-choice book, or some other 
book listed previously in these col- 
umns, as a substitute, they should 
notify the company of this desire be- 
fore April 1. 

The second-choice book is "Beg- 



gar's King," by Howard C. Emmons. 

As a premium for joining the book 
club, your choice of the following is 
offered: "Stranger Than Fiction," by 
Florence Gribble; "The Biography 
of Robert Murray McCheyne," by 
Andrew Bonar; or "Prayer: Asking 
and Receiving," by John R. Rice. 

By ordering 1 of the 2 books listed 
for the month of April you become a 
member of the club and are entitled 
to 1 of the premium books. 

During the April-July period. Dr. 
R. A. Torrey's book, "How to Obtain 



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Fullness of Power," will be given to 
members of the club who have 
earned their dividend book. 



THE DAWN OF WORLD 
REDEMPTION 

By Erich Sauer 

God's people need to study the 
theology of the Bible. Perhaps 
nothing is more stimulating, and 
certainly nothing is more profitable. 
Therein the great questions of the 
human heart are answered, not out 
of the ponderous pronouncements of 
men, but from the simple statements 
of the Word of God. 

Books that are preeminently Bib- 
lical in their theological system are 
especially helpful in this study, and 
such is the book at hand. Though 
this work has been many years in 
preparation, it has only recently be- 
come available by translation into 
English. It traces the revelation of 
God's great plan of salvation through 
the Old Testament. 

In a short space of 200 pages, the 
author systematizes in remarkable 
fashion the movement of progressive 
revelation of salvation throughout 
the entire Old Testament period, 
and prepares the reader for the sec- 



ond volume covering the New Tes- 
tament. In concise and gripping 
language the larger lines of history 
and revelation are set forth. 

Here is a volume that will be ex- 
tremely helpful to laymen. They 
will ponder inany an hour over a 
few pages and find spiritual refresh- 
ment as well as intellectual profit. 
Certainly this volume, together with 
its companion, should be in every 
minister's library. The story is 
fascinating, moving, convincing, and 
powerful. Price of the book is $3. — 
Herman A. Hoyt. 



BEGGAR'S KING 
By Howard C. Emmons 

The setting of this historical novel 
is Palestine in the days of the earth- 
ly ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Around the life of Leah, the beg- 
gar, is woven a story of intrigue, 
mystery, hatred, love, and romance. 
The problems, the defeats, the activ- 
ities, and the hopes of the people of 
that generation are embodied in the 
crippled body and the dimmed mind 
of the beggar of the Jerusalem 
streets. 

Most perplexing of all to this girl 
were the reports of the miracles and 
the messages of the Nazarene, the 
only person in that day who would 
be able to deliver the Jews from the 
yoke of Rome. At times Leah want- 
ed Him as her king, and at other 
times she hated Him. 

Who was this girl, and why did 
she hate Rachel with such strong 
animosity? Why couldn't Jonas at 
least treat her as a woman? Indeed, 
here is a mystery that the- reader 
will not discover until he has read 
the book. 

We believe this book will hold the 
attention of the reader until the last 
page has been reached, and a re- 
solve or two will have been made 
by then. 

Parents, here is a book that is far 
better reading than most books be- 
ing read by our young people. We 
suggest you get a copy and pass it 
around freely among the younger 
readers, that is, after you have read 
it. The price is $2.50 a copy.— Cow- 
ard Sandy. 



March 21,1953 



191 



THE SEVEN SAYINGS ON THE CROSS 



By Rev. R. I. Hutnberd, Flora, Ind. 



V. THE CRY OF EXHAUSTION. 



"Jesus knowing that all things 
were now accomplished, that the 
scripture might be fulfilled, saith, 
I thirst" (John 19:28). 

As our Lord hung upon the cross. 
His mind went throughout the en- 
tire Old Testament, and not until 
every jot and tittle had been ful- 
filled did He dismiss His spirit. 

Who killed Christ? The Jews. 
On Pentecost Peter, talking to the 
Jews, said, "Ye have taken, and by 
wicked hands have crucified and 
slain" Him (Acts 2:23). 

Who killed Christ? The gentiles, 
for against Jesus "the Gentiles . . . 
were gathered together" (Acts 4:27). 

Who killed Christ? "I lay down 
my life ... no man taketh it from 
me, but I lay it down of myself" 
(John 10:17-18). 

And how fortunate for us that 
man could not take His life from 
Him. True, in all intent and pur- 
pose, both the Jews and gentiles 
killed Him and were guilty, but if 
men had killed Him, He might have 
died a few minutes before some 
Scripture had been fulfilled and thus 
our salvation would not have been 
complete. But our Lord kept His 
own hand upon the throttle that 
controlled His life, and no man could 
hasten His death. Men even tried 
to kill Him during the days of His 
ministry, but were not able to do so 
because His "hour was not yet come" 
(John 7:30). 

Fulfillment Halted 

One Scripture, uttered a thousand 
years before, was in process of ful- 
fillment 6 hours before its time, so 
He halted it. 

When thev crucified Him, they 
offered Him "vinegar to drink min- 
gled with gall" (Matt. 27:34). But 
this was a stupefying drink and 
would cloud His mind, and His mind 
must be clear as He considers the 
fulfillment of Scripture, so He re- 
fused to drink. 

It, however, was prophesied, "They 
gave me also gall for my meat; and 
in my thirst they gave me vinegar 
to drink" (Psa. 69:21). But this was 
to be in "my thirst," and the terrible 
thirst of crucifixion had not yet come 



upon Him. He must suffer until 
"my strength is dried up like a pot- 
sherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my 
jaws: and thou hast brought me into 
the dust of death" (Psa. 22:15). 
Thus just before He died, this Scrip- 
ture was fulfilled in its time (Matt. 
27:48). 

Guarding Fulfillment 

Thus, as He hung upon the cross. 
His mind went throughout the entire 
Old Testament, guarding the fulfill- 
ment of every tiny word, and bring- 
ing forth every prophecy in its time. 

Four thousand years had passed 
since that first prophecy had been 




uttered; The seed of the woman 
should bruise the serpent's head 
(Gen. 3:15). Other prophecies had 
been written; countless details had 
been added. Thus let us use our 
imagination as to what might be 
going on in the mind of our Lord as 
He brought these Scriptures before 
His mind in detail, and checked them 
off in fulfillment. 

"He was numbered with the trans- 
gressors" (Isa. 53:12). Yes, this is 
fulfilled, for here I hang between 2 
thieves. 

He "made intercession for the 
transgressors." Yes, I called upon 
the Father to forgive them. 

"Thev pierced my hands and my 
feet" (Psa. 22:16)." Here I hang. 



spiked to a Roman cross. That 
Scripture has been fulfilled. 

Bodily Suffering 

"All my bones are out of joint" 
(Psa. 22:14). Yes, I can check this 
Scripture ofl too, for as I hang with 
the weight of my body pulling down 
on the spikes in my hands, the ten- 
dons have stretched and let my 
bones slip out of joint. 

"I am poured out like water" (Psa. 
22:14). Yes, because of my intense 
suffering, the cold sweat is flowing 
out of every pore of my body. 

"All they that see me laugh me to 
scorn" (Psa. 22:7). Yes, the chief 
priests and scribes are mocking me, 
and "wagging their heads" as they 
revile me (Mark 15:29-31). 

Garuients Divided 

"They part my garments among 
them, and cast lots upon my vesture" 
(Psa. 22:18). Yes, the soldiers placed 
my sandals over there; an under- 
garment over here — they made 4 
parts (John 19:23). 

"Oh," cried a soldier carelessly, 
"too many clothes. What will we 
do with the vesture?" 

"Tear it into 4 parts, and give each 
a part," answered another. 

"Oh, no," cries the first; "it is 
without seam, woven throughout." 

"Pitch up a coin," cried a third. 
"I'll take heads." And so they cast 
lots upon my vesture. That has been 
fulfilled. 

"My heart is like wax; it is melted 
in the midst of my bowels" (Psa. 22: 
14). Evei-ything is now ready for 
this! Soon I wi'l die! My heart will 
break and the blood will seep out 
and gather in a pocket in my bowels. 
The soldiers will see a little bulge in 
my side, and one of them will thrust 
in his spear, and blood and water 
will flow out, and another Scripture 
will be fulfilled, "They shall look 
unon him whom they pierced" (John 
19:37). 

"My strength is dried up like a 
potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to 
my jaws" (Psa." 22:15). All things 
are now "accomplished, that the 
scrinture might be fulfilled," and it 
is time now for this one — "I thirst." 



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NEWS 





CHURCHES^ 



Harrah, Washington 

We praise the Lord for the bless- 
ings we enjoyed with Rev. Robert 
Ashman as our evangelist in special 
meetings February 1-15. He is in- 
deed a true yoke -fellow, and the 
spu-it of cooperation on the part of 
all the organizations of the church 
was most encouraging, as the Sky 
Pilot boys, the Sisterhood girls, the 
laymen, the Women's Missionary 
Council, and the Bible school all 
shared in the evening services. We 
had a volunteer choir at each serv- 
ice under Brother Ashman's direc- 
tion and many special musical num- 
bers, both vocal and instrumental. 

It was our privilege to have an 
assembly in the Harrah grade school 
with all their classes, 1st through 8th 
grades, for a 45-minute presentation 
of the Gospel. The Happy Hour 
groups averaged 85 as Brother Ash- 
man presented the plan of salvation 
in a unique manner to the boys and 
girls, and 13 of them accepted Jesus 
Christ as Saviour. The evangelist 
also spoke over radio station KIMA 
on the Gospel Truth program the 3 
Sundays he was with us. 

The spirit and attendance in- 
creased steadily during the meetings 
and our people were strengthened 
by the Word of God. Four people 
came forward to unite with the 
church, and a high school girl re- 
affirmed her faith in Christ. Since 
the meetings we have baptized 5 and 
have received 7 into the membership 
of the church. — Jesse Hall, pastor. 

Kittanning, Pennsylvania (First) 

We praise the Lord for His faith- 
fulness to us in our work here. 

Mrs. Pearl Claypool and Mr. Omer 
Shankle have perfect attendance 
records in our Sunday school for the 
past 8 years, and Mr. Ralph Hooks 
and Mr. Bert Jordan for 7 years. 
These 4, with 31 others, had perfect 
attendance records during 1952 — 
they did not miss a Sunday. 

The young married people's class, 
which I teach, had 26 people with 
perfect attendance records during 
February, and 19 missed only 1 Sun- 



day. Five years ago we did unusu- 
ally well to have 15 people present 
in this class. This class is now 
building a nursery department for 
our church. 

Our church extends double sym- 
pathy to Bro. J. B. Wingard in the 
death of his wife and the loss of his 
home by fire 1 week later. 

We are looking forward to a 2-day 
Bible conference with Dr. Herman 
A. Hoyt as the speaker April 18-19. 
— Gordon W. Bracker, pastor. 

La Crescenta, California 

The Mountain Brethren Church of 
La Crescenta held a covered-dish 
supper February 20, sponsored by 
the Sunday school department. A 
special invitation was given to the 
fathers and mothers who haven't 
become acquainted with our church, 
but who send their children to our 
Sunday school. Approximately 50 
people attended. — Virginia Rome, 
reporter. 

San Bernardino, California 

On March 1 we witnessed one 
first-time decision to accept Christ 
as Saviour by a former Roman 
Catholic woman, and 2 rededica- 
tions. This day 5 people were bap- 
tized and received into the member- 
ship of the church, bringing our to- 
tal membership to 105. 

On 9 of the last 10 Sundays, be- 
ginning with the last Sunday in 1952, 
we have had public decisions for 
Christ. There were 167 people in 
Sunday' school, a new record for us, 
March 1, with 156 present the Sun- 



RSV BOOKLET AVAILABLE SOON 

The 10 articles, written by mem- 
bers of the Grace Theological Semi- 
nary faculty, which appeared in the 
February 28 issue of the Brethren 
Missionary Herald, are being printed 
in a 36-page booklet and will be 
available soon. 

As announced in this paper last 
week, there are no more copies of the 
February 28 issue of the Herald 
available. More than 4.000 extra 
copies were sold in 10 days. Be- 
cause of the continuing and increas- 
ing demand, these articles are now 
being printed in an attractive pam- 
phlet, on fine quality paper with a 
beautiful cover. 

These booklets will sell at the very 
low price of 15c a copy, $1 for 8, or 
$10 for 100 copies. 

Since these booklets are being 
published by the seminary they will 
also be sold by the school. Place 
your orders direct to Grace Theo- 
logical Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. 



day before. The morning worship 
service March 1 was attended by 
108 people. 

The Lord is blessing "Your Eve- 
ning Devotions," a radio program 
sponsored and produced by our 
church each Sunday evening. — Lyle 
W. Marvin, pastor. 



PRAY FOR THESE SPECIAL MEETINGS 



Church 
Conemaugh, Pa.. 
Spokane, Wash. . . 
Clay City, Ind... 
Uniontown, Pa. . . 

AUentown, Pa 

Osceola, Ind 

Norwalk, Ohio . . . 
Buena Vista, Va . . 

Akron, Ohio 

Cedar Rapids, 

Iowa 

Dayton, Ohio (N. 

Riverdale) . . . . 
Ramona, Calif. . . . 
Fort Wayne, Ind . . 



Dates 
March 8-22 
March 8-22 
March 
March 
March 
March 
March 



9-22 

9-22 

10-22.... 

15-29.... 

20-22.... 
March 22- Apr. 5. 
March29-Apr. 5. 



Pastor 
Stanley Hauser . . 
William Schaffer. 
Ralph Burns . . . . 
Clyde Landrum . . 
William Gray. . . 
Ward Miller 



Galen Lingenfelter 
Harold Etling 



Speaker 
Stanley Hauser. 
Robert Ashman. 
William Steffier. 
Russell Weber. 
Miles Taber. 
Walter Lepp. 
Herman Hoyt. 
Luther Grubb. 
Conard Sandy. 



March 29- Apr. 5 . Arnold Kr'gbaum . Herman Hoyt. 

March 29-Apr. 19 Clyde Balyo Michael Guido. 

March29-Apr. 3. Grant McDonald . . Dr. C. A. Ashman. 

March 30- Apr. 2. James Hammer .. . John Whitcomb. 



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ANOTHER CHURCH ADOPTS 
"COFFEE HOUR" 

As far as we know, it was started 
in the Brethren church in Wash- 
ington, D. C, by Pastor James Dix- 
on — this "Coffee Hour" idea. But 
Richard Jackson, Jr., of New Troy, 
heard about it, and now that church 
is enjoying it too. It's a plan for the 
young married people of a church 
and, briefly, here's how it works. 
After church on Sunday nights the 
young married people meet in the 
parsonage, or another home, drink 
coffee and eat coffee cake or some- 
thing, and discuss, under the lead- 
ership of the pastor, troubling ques- 
tions concerning the Word of God 
and their Christian experience. It 
has already proved to be a tremen- 
dous boost to the groups in these 2 
churches, offering real fellowship 
and practical spiritual help in an 
informal way. Maybe your- church 
ought to try it too! 



MAKE JESUS YOUR CHOICE 

Jesus is the One I choose, 

He is the best, you see! 
For many, many years ago 

He died on Calvary. 

I'd like to tell this sin-filled world 
What's in my heart today: 

That Jesus is the only One 

Who can make life bright and gay. 

Dear friend, and heartsick sinner. 
Make Jesus your choice, I pray! 

Give Him your heart, and mind, and 
soul. 
And live for Him day by day. 

The above poem was written by 
Frank H. Gardner, Jr., a 15-year-old 
member of our church in Alexan- 
dria, Va. Frank is also a district 
officer of Brethren Boys Clubs and 
active in every phase of his church 
and district youth work. We like to 
see our young people using all their 
talents for the Lord, and wanted to 
share this literary work of Frank's 
with you all. 



secretary of our church in New 
Troy, Mich., pastored by Richard 
Jackson, Jr., are all young people 
in their teens. This church is doing 
everything it can to keep its youth 
busy in the work of the Lord. 

On a recent Sunday evening, the 
young people were in complete 
charge of the service and presented 
music from a youth choir, quartet, 
and duet. Carson Gancer presided, 
and Dean Straub officiated at the 
piano. Youth Director Ralph Col- 
burn was the speaker. Mr. and Mrs. 
Ray Taylor are the new sponsors of 
the BYF group there. 



One reason why there are so few 
good talkers in public is that there 
are so few good thinkers in private. 
— Tivie. 



PRIEST LEAVES ROMAN CHURCH 

Dr. Andres M. Mateo, one of 
Spain's most outstanding Roman 
Catholic leaders, recently severed 
his relationship with Romanism. 

A native of Spain, Dr. Mateo re- 
ceived his training for the priesthood 
in the schools of the Jesuit Order, a 
very strict and highly regarded sys- 
tem within the Roman Catholic 
Church. He was twice honored by 
the Pope and was once offered a 
bishopric. He is the author of many 
articles and books. 

In an article, "From My Syca- 
more Tree," in the Converted Cath- 
olic Magazine, he said his experience 
was like that of Zaccheus. He 
claims he had no freedom to climb 
the "sycamore" whUe he was under 
the Roman hierarchy, but that now 
he is fi^ee to come to Christ and to 
learn of Him. 



NEW TROY CHURCH USES YOUTH 

The Sunday school superintend- 
ent, the organist, and the recording 



MISSION ISSUES NEW FILM 

The Pacific Garden Mission of 
Chicago has produced another docu- 
mented film, "The Street." Many 
readers will remember the mission's 
former film, "Out of the Night." 

"The Street" is based on an actual 
case history — the dramatic story of 
a young alcoholic "who turns to God 
out of the depths of spiritual and 
physical need." 

According to Harry Saulnier, mis- 
sion superintendent, the film had its 
premiere showing at the Moody Me- 
morial Church of Chicago March 13 
and will be ready for sales or rentals 
beginning August 1. It is a 35-min- 
ute color motion picture. 



YFC SEEKS NEW LEADERS 

Youth for Christ International re- 
cently announced a contest to en- 
courage young men to enter the 
ministry of the Gospel, either as 
preachers or as song leaders. 

President Robert A. Cook said it 
is his desu'e to discover outstanding 
3'oung preachers and song leaders 
throughout the nation and to en- 
courage them in further preparation 
for the work of the Lord. 

The contest is open to boys in the 
teens. Their sermons, if entering 
the preaching phase of the contest, 
must be of the entrant's own choice 
and development. 

Elimination contests are to be con- 
ducted in local rallies, with the win- 
ners competing in 14 regional con- 
tests. The wiimer in each region 
wiU receive an expense-free week at 
the 9th annual convention of YFC, 
slated for Winona Lake June 28- 
Julv 12. 



DEDICATE CHAPLAIN MEMORIAL 

According to a recent news re- 
port, the Chaplains Memorial Foun- 
tain was set up and dedicated in Na- 
tional Memorial Park, Washington, 
D. C. February 1 in honor of the 
10th anniversary of the death of 4 
chaplains in the sinking of a troop 
transport in World War II. 

Mrs. Theresa Goode. widow of 
Rabbi Alexander Goode, one of the 
men to die. unveiled the memorial 
plaque bearing these words: 

"The extraordinary heroism and 
devotion of these four men of God, 
a priest, a rabbi, and two ministers, 
who gave their life jackets to sol- 
diers on the torpedoed transport 
Dorchester on February 3, 1943, and 
went down with their ship, is here 
memorialized as an unwavering bea- 
con of supreme courage and faith. 

"There is no death! The stars go 
down and rise on another shore. 
Anon. February 1953." 



IFCA GOES TO TERRE HAUTE 

The 24th national convention of the 
Independent Fundamental Churches 
of America is being planned for the 
Terre Haute, Ind., Gospel Center 

May 2-7. 




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I WAS A SUCCESSFUL FAILURE 

By H. R. Newland, Los Angeles, Calif. 



(Note: I would like to attest to the 
fact that the miracle described in 
this tsstimony is one of the greatest 
I have witnessed. It is the type of 
miracle that is needed in the lives of 
many of the pastors and laymen 
throughout the Brethren Church. — 
Glenn O'Neal, pastor, First Brethren 
Church of Los Angeles.) '■- 

In 1938 I accepted Jesus Christ as 
my personal Saviour at the First 
Brethren Church of Long Beach. 
My wife had accepted Him as her 
Saviour as a young girl. We attend- 
ed church and Bible classes together 
and my joy seemed to be complete, 
and we grew in faith as we studied 
the Word. 

At that time I had an unsaved man 
as a business partner. Our study of 
the Word pointed out in II Corin- 
thians 6:14 that we were not to be 
unequally yoked together with un- 
believers. Shortly afterward we 
broke this partnership and liquidat- 
ed the business. Our study of the 
Word of God also pointed out our 
responsibi'ities as stewards of the 
Lord's material gocds and we com- 
menced to tithe our income. Almo-t 
from that very moment the promises 
of God to His obedient children con- 
cerning His blessings began to be 
poured out upon us. In Malachi 
3:10 God says: "Bring ye all the 
tithes into the storehouse, that there 
may be meat in mine house, and 
prove me now herewith, saith the 
Lord of hosts, if I will not open you 
the windows of heaven, and pour 
you out a blessing, that there shall 
not be room enough to receive it." 

In 1940 the Lord opened the way 
for the purchase of a business in 
Los Angeles. Upon moving there 
we united with the First Brethren 
Church of Los Angeles. From the 
very beginning the business began 
to prosper. But while my time was 
spent in the business less and less 
time was spent feeding on the Word 
and praying. As a result Satan 
hardened my heart and, although the 
business increased, the joy of my 
salvation decreased. Everything be- 
came important except the impor- 
tant thing. During these years my 
wife's faith increased and she con- 
tinued to grow in grace, because she 
read the Word and prayed and wit- 
nessed. Two major operations, one 



of which nearly took her life, drew 
her closer to the Lord th"n ever 
before Her delight was in listening 
to the Word, feasting on it, praving, 
and psscciation with the children 
of God, None of these things were 
desired by me. My time was occu- 
pied with the business, and as it 
continued to prosper, the stonier be- 
crms my heart. But I was net 
h?_ppv My wife knew this and 
prayed that the Lord would some- 
how bring me to the place of com- 
plete surrender. 

On October 26, 1952, I was taken 
to the hospital for an emergency 
operation on my appendix. Just be- 
fore entering the operating room I 




said, "Lord, I am in thy hands to do 
Thy will." I knew my eternity 
would be spent with my Saviour if 
that were His will. On the operat- 
ing table it was discovered that my 
appendix had been ruptured for 
about 24 hours, and peritonitis had 
set in. For 3 days the line between 
life and death was a thin one. When 
the surgeon told my wife of my 
serious condition, she called a num- 
ber of her praying friends, who of- 
fered much prayer for me. My Sav- 
iour answered their prayers and I 
began to get well. 

But something happened! Much 
greater than the healing of my body 
— the Lord had taken out my stony 
heart and replaced it with one of 



fiesh and love. For several days as 
I lay in bed talking to born-again 
Christians and listening to God's 
Word on the radio or reading the 
Word in His Book, I began to won- 
der why it was now my delight and 
joy to listen, read, talk, and witness 
of the things concerning our match- 
less Saviour and Lord. As I was 
dressing, the morning I was to be re- 
leased from the hospital, I was still 
thinking on this marvelous change. 
Suddenly the answer came. A mir- 
acle had been performed on my 
heart. I had known my Saviour, 
but now I found my Lord. I was so 
overwhelmed with joy, and have 
been ever since, that I immediately 
called my wife to tell her of this 
new-new birth. The full joy of my 
salvation was a miracle transplanted 
in my soul, thank God. It is diffi- 
cult to express in words the peace 
and joy that came upon me. My de- 
light and joy now is in reading the 
Word, praying, and witnessing. 

Before leaving the hospital, I 
prayed that the Lord would help me 
to show at least one soul his need of 
the Saviour. The following week will 
always be the greatest in my life. 
Through the love planted in my 
heart for the lost, and the work of 
the Holy Spirit, we pointed 3 men 
to Jesus and they accepted Him as 
their personal Saviour. I shall never 
cease to praise and thank Him for 
removing my heart of stone for one 
of love. 

My time, talents, and business 
have been dedicated to the accom- 
plishment of 2 things: To encourage 
and comfort the children of God, 
and to point the unsaved people to 
Christ. 

To any born-again child of God 
who is not enjoying the fullness of 
salvation, search your heart and see 
if you have allowed Satan to harden 
it by concerning yourself too much 
with the material things of the 
world. Our real treasures are in 
heaven where rust and corruption 
do not destroy them. Read Hebrews 
3:13. 

To the person who does not know 
Jesus as his personal Saviour, listen: 
God's promises are true and He 
doesn't lie. His Word in John 3:16- 
17 says: "For God so loved the 
world, that he gave his only begot- 



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tfinona Lake, Ind. 



ten Son, that whosoever beUeveth in 
hnn should not perish, but have 
everlasting life. For God sent not 
his Son into the world to condemn 
the world; but that the world 
through him might be saved." You 
ask, "What do you mean, 'be saved'?" 
The moment you receive Jesus 
Christ as your personal Saviour you 
become a son of God and are assured 
of an eternity in heaven. To receive 
Jesus is an act of believing on your 
part; you can do nothing to earn it 
by the good things you do. In the 
Word in Ephesians 2:8-9 God says: 
"For by grace are ye saved through 
faith; and that not of yourselves: it 
is the gift of God: not of works, lest 
any man should boast." A gijt is 
something you take. God's gift is 
eternal life through His Son Jesus 
Christ. Eternal life is yours by 
simply saying: "Lord, I am a sinner 
and need the Saviour. I accept your 
gift of Jesus as my personal Sav- 
iour." God then promises you in 
John 1:12: "But as many as received 
him [Jesus], to them gave he power 
[the right] to become the sons of 
God, even to them that believe on 
his name." 

Unsaved friend, receive Jesus now 
as your Saviour and He wiU forgive 
you of your sins. He will remember 
them against you no more forever. 
Then accept Jesus as your personal 
Saviour. This step in your life 
causes rejoicing in heaven, for God's 
Word in Luke 15:7 says: "I say unto 
you. that likewise joy shall be in 
heaven over one sinner that repent- 
eth. more than over ninety and nine 
just persons, which need no repent- 
ance." 



FRUITS OF LOVE 

"Let patience have its perfect 
work, that ye may be perfect and 
entire, lacking in nothing" (Jas. 1:4 
ASV). 

Let every creature have your love. 
Love with its fruits of meekness, pa- 
tience, and humility is all that we 
can wish for ourselves and our fel- 
low creatures; for this is to live in 
God, united to Him, both for time 
and eternity. — WiUiam Law. 



LUTHERANS OPPOSE ENVOY 

A resolution urging President 
Dwight Eisenhower not to appoint 
an ambassador to the Vatican was 
approved by the National Lutheran 
Council recentlj'. 

The council, representing 8 Lu- 
theran bodies in this country, held 
its 35th annual meeting at Atlantic 
City in February. During the clos- 
ing session it adopted a resolution 
in the form of a letter to the Pres- 
ident, which declared in part: 

"In common with other American 
church bodies, we believe that the 
appointment of a representative to 
the Vatican violates the principle of 
the equality of treatment of all 
churches and of the separation of 
church and state. 

"We express to you our fervent 
hope that this divisive issue be not 
again precipitated." 

This issue is not dead, dear reader. 
There are certain parties and organ- 
izations in this country that con- 
stantly exercise pressure to secure 
an envoy or ambassador to the Vati- 
can. AH freedom-loving Christians 
ought to pray that this will never 
happen again. 



LIQUOR 2 TO 1 OVER FOOD 

Liquor outlets in Prince Georges 
County, Md., outnumber food stores 
more than 2 to 1, according to Mrs. 
Joseph S. YuUl, of Lanham. She 
claims there are 347 places where 
liquor is sold legally and only 139 
food stores in the county. 

State Senator John R. Fletcher 
said the pressure is great from some 
people who want the county opened 
wide to liquor interests and just as 
great from those people who want 
stricter regulation of the sale of al- 
coholics. The only solution to the 
matter, the senator said, is to work 
out a compromise. 

A compromise, however, does not 
solve the problem. And the situa- 
tion existing in Prince Georges 
County is prevalent in too many 
parts of this country. 



WLST RELEASES SCHEDULE 

The Winona Lake School of The- 
ology has announced June 17-July 
23 as the dates for its summer ses- 
sion to be held at Winona Lake, Ind. 
During this time 2 semesters of 15 
days each will be conducted. 

The Flying Seminar to Palestine 
and adjacent lands, a course for 
credit in the school, begins July 25 
and ends on September 1. Last year 
85 people went on this tour and the 
same number are expected again 
this year. The seminar travels in 2 
sections in TWA Constellations, with 
2 teachers in each section. 

The faculty of the Flying Seminar 
is composed of Dean John A. Huff- 
man; Dr. Merrill C. Tenney. of 
Wheaton Graduate School; Dr. Ralph 
Earle, of Nazarene Theological Sem- 
inary; and Dr. T. Leonard Lewis, of 
Boston School of Theology and Mis- 
sions. 

In addition to these men. the fol- 
lowing will also teach in the regular 
sessions at Winona Lake: President 
Jasper A. Huffman: Dr. Harold B. 
Kuhn and Dr. Harold C. Mason, both 
of Asbury Theological Seminary; Dr. 
Andrew W. Blackwood, of Temple 
University Divinity School; and Dr. 
Kenneth S. Kantzer and Dr. Frank 
J. Neuberg, both of Wheaton Grad- 
uate School. 

Courses are being offered in Bible 
doctrine, exposition, ethics, philoso- 
phy, apologetics, administration, and 
preaching methods. 

Any reader interested in more in- 
formation about this school should 
write direct to the Winona Lake 
School of Theology, Winona Lake. 
Ind. 



ATS RELEASES FOUR TRACTS 

The American Tract Society, with 
headquarters in New York City, re- 
leased 4 new titles February 26. The 
goal of this society is to publish 
1,000,000 tracts a month during 1953. 

"Useless Kinds of Religion," by 
Dr. J. C. Ryle, shows that any reli- 
gion without Christ Jesus is useless. 

"Let a Man Examine Himself," is 
arranged in the query style and was 
written by Mildred V. Holler. 

"Is the Church Necessary?" is an 
8-page folder which should prove 
helpful in these days of much loose 
thinking. It was written by Dr. 
Charles Forbes Taylor. 

"Easter," by Dr. George Wells 
Arms, is a 4-page tract especially 
suited to this season of the year. 



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March 21. 1953 




'OLUME 15, NUMBER 13 



EDUCATIONAL NUMBER 



MARCH 28, 1953 



BEHIND THE FINAL IRON CURTAIN 




"Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, 



* * * * * 



They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, 

And consider thee, saying, 

7s this the man that made the earth to tremble?" 

(Isa. 14:15-16). 



EDITORIALS 



Alva J. McClain and Paul R. Bouman, Editors 



The Death of Stalin 

The cartoon which appears on the front cover by the 
courtesy of the Chicago Tribune was published by that 
newspaper following the death of the Red Russian dic- 
tator. The caption above the cartoon is by the artist, 
M)-. Orr. 

The Text From Isaiah 14 

I am quite well aware that the text I have selected to 
place beneath the cartoon is one which refers prophet- 
ically to the final Antichrist, the man of sin. And I am 
absolutely certain that Stalin is not the Antichrist. But 
the Apostle John reminds us that the final Antichrist 
would be preceded by many lesser figures: writing in his 
own generation, he said, "Even now are there many anti- 
christs" (I John 2;18). And therefore, considering the 
monstrous evil of Stalin, it is not wrong to apply the 
words of Isaiah to him, if we remember that it is only an 
application. Bad as Stalin was — and one great journal- 
ist speaks of him as "the worst man the world has ever 
seen" — we must never forget that there is something still 
worse than Stalin ahead for the world. 

Some Lessons From the Cartoon 

The drawing by Mr. Orr is not only great newspaper 
art, it also carries some powerful lessons in theology, 
especially regarding the nature of death to the wicked 
and unsaved. First, there is the terrible silence of death: 
the figure of Stalin utters not a word as he moves 
through the gates. You may think of the text in Ro- 
mans, "That every mouth may be stopped." In life 
Stalin could loose a barrage of words which could 
blanket the earth with propaganda — great swelling 
words! But all this is now ended, for the so-called 
"man of steel." God will do the talking from now on. 
Second, there is the terrible loneliness of death: you will 
note that he approaches the gates utterly alone. In life 
the dictator could summon all the resources of men. 
wealth, and pleasure to cheer him in the hours of de- 
pression that he must have often had. But now he is 
alone, to face "the last enemy." No friend, no loved one: 
and worst of all, no great Shepherd to take him through 
the valley, of whom he might have said, "Thou art with 
me." Third, the cartoon speaks of the terrible despotism 
of death: the head of the dictator is bowed beneath the 
silent summons, and there is no longer any weapon in 
his hand. He has come at last to the place where there 
is no help in massed armies, clouds of warplanes, or 
atomic bombs. Tragically, he cannot say, "Cover my 
defenceless head, with the shadow of Thy wing." Fourth, 
the cartoon speaks of the finality of death: all the boasted 
triumphs of Soviet science cannot reverse the verdict of 
death. For Stalin, this is indeed "The Final Iron Cur- 
tain" lowered by the hand of death, the end of the 
earthly drama through which the little man strutted his 
brief day. 



But This Is Not the End 

What comes after death will be still worse for such as 
Stalin. "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after 
this the judgment" (Heb. 9:27). The time at last has 
come for the theological education of the dictator. To 
him there was no God, no future life, no judgment day, 
no heaven, and no hell. He will now learn the reality of 
these things. He will learn that hell is not something to 
be joked about. 

Tne text in Isaiah 14 suggests one aspect of that eter- 
nal prison-house of the lost which wiU not be pleasant 
to Stalin. There will be others there who will have deep 
raascns for remembering his bloody hand. So far as we 
can judge, Hit^_er will be there to greet him, and Trotsky, 
and a long receiving line of old comrades ruthlessly 
butchered by his orders. What will they say? There 
may be a suggestion in Isaiah 14:16 — "They that see thee 
shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying. 
Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did 
shake kingdoms?" Read also verses 10 and 11 — "All 
they shall speak and say unto thee. Art thou also become 
weak as we? art thou become like unto us? Thy pomp 
is brought down to the grave [Sheol]." Through eter- 
nity these will exist together in hell, hating and despis- 
ing one another. 

Three Th'ngs We Should Learn 

First, it is God who takes care of the insolent dictators 
at last. Second, this is the end not only of all the Stalins, 
but also of all who have rejected the mercy of God in our 
Lord Jesus Christ. Third, the grace of God is able to 
save even the worst of men if they accept His mercy 
before it is too late. — A. J. M. 



Pastors and Financial Secretaries, Attention! 

We have 2 VERY important requests: (1) Please do 
not send in your checks without an accompanying re- 
port of the individual gifts. It is impossible for our 
financial secretary to give credit on the books, or to 
send receipts, when no report accompanies your church 
offering. To send the report in later causes endless 
trouble and misunderstanding. (2) On your reports of 
gifts to the seminary, list the names of the persons or 
organizations in alphabetical order. Cooperation by aU 
in this matter will save us many hours of work each 
month. Remember, you have one report to care for 
each month: we have many! — P. R. B. 



Financial Reports Can Be Interesting 

Most of us have heard this statement a good many 
times: "Why publish financial reports? Nobody ever 
reads them!" It is possible that most of us have said 
this at one time or another. But should we say it? 
Imagine a businessman not being interested in the 
financial reports of his firm. We would wonder if such 



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HANDS WAITING 
FOR THE GOSPEL 

On almost the very 
day our churches 
throughout America 
are receiving their 
offerings for foreign 
missions, the semi- 
nary number of the 
Brethren Missionary 
Herald should reach 
your home. We have 
sent forth this mag- 
azine vdth the prayer 
and urgent desire to 
see every Brethren 
church lay at the feet 
of Jesus the largest 
offering by far in 
their history. This is 
the admonition of 
Grace Theological 
Seminary, and why 
shouldn't it be? Thus 
far 58 have left the 
halls of the school to 
take their places on 
Brethren mission 
fields in Argentina, 
Brazil, Africa, Baja 
California, and France. Fourteen have gone during the 
past year. Two are now on their way to Brazil, and in 
a few weeks 2 more expect to leave for Argentina. Why 
shouldn't the school be interested? But let us remem- 
ber that education is not an end in itself. Once trained, 
"how shall they preach, except they be sent?" (Rom. 
10:15). The large number of Brethren young people 




who have been willing to make the necessary sacrifices 
and spend years in training should present a mighty 
challenge to the rest of us. They have prepared, and 
they are ready to go. We cannot do less than to send 
them. Hands all over the world are reaching out for 
the Gospel. Dare we fail to see that they get the 
unadulterated Word of God?— P. R. B. 



a man were really interested in the success or failure of 
that business. Should we be less interested in our bus- 
iness which is also the Lord's business? 

Financial reports can be interesting. Try this and see. 
In the magazine this week you Vv'ill find a very encour- 
aging report of the seminary's receipts for the months of 
January and February. Have you tried scanning the 
reports each time they appear? Is the name of your 
church in the list? How do the offerings compare with 
those your church gave a year ago? How do they com- 
pare with those of other churches having the same mem- 
bership? Do the offerings from your church give you 
an occasion for praise to the Lord? Or do they make 
you feel as if you should be doing more? Evidently fi- 
nancial reports were a good thing in the early church, 
for the Apostle Paul once wrote to the Corinthian 
church: "I know your readiness, of which I glory on 
your behalf to them of Macedonia . . . and your zeal 
hath stirred up very many of them" (II Cor. 9:2 ASV). 
—P. R. B. 



Some men who can't even get along with their wives 
still think that the whole world could get along as a 
universal brotherhood. — William Feather in Prophecy 
Monthly. 



THE PREACHER'S PRAYER 

I do not ask 

That crowds may throng the temple. 

That standing room be priced; 

I only ask that as I voice the message, 

They may see Christ. 

I do not ask 

For churchly pomp or pageant. 

Or music such as wealth alone can buy; 

I only ask that as I voice the message, 

He may be nigh! 

I do not ask 

That men may sound my praises 
Or headlines spread my name abroad; 
I only pray that as I voice the message, 
Hearts may find God! 

I do not ask 

For earthly place or laurel. 

Or of this world's distinctions any part; 

I only ask when I have voiced the message, 

My Saviour's heart! 

— Ralph S. Cushnian. 



March 28, 1953 



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The Present-Day Need for Education in the Ministry 




4» i ..» _ _ 
Rev. L. C. Hoheiistein 



By Lewis C. Hohenstein 

Note: At the recent conference in Grace Seminary, thought-provoking papers were 
read by several oj the alumni. Believing that our pastors and laymen both will profit by 
them, the papers will appear in this and subsequent issues of the seminary's mimber of 
the Herald. Rev. Lewis C. Hohenstein, the author of the paper which appears this week, 
was graduated in the class of 1949. U^itil recently, since his graduation, he served as 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of Waterloo, Iowa. On Easter Sunday he begins 
his ministry as pastor of the First Brethren Church of Whittier, Calif. His paper icill 
appear in 2 installments, the second of which will appear next month. — Ed. 



Introduction: The Need for an Informed Leadership 
Among Conservatives. 

It is the "wisdom of this world," not its knowledge, 
that is "foolishness with God." i After God had placed 
His breath in the nostrils of man and man became a 
living soul, God gave him a commandment, a command- 
ment which has never been abrogated. It was. "Be 
fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and sub- 
due it." - The word translated "subdue" in our text is 
kabash, and its primary meaning is "to tread down." 
This word is variously translated elsewhere, "to con- 
quer, subjugate, bring into bondage, force, keep under, 
subdue, and bring under subjection." 

Man was made to be master of God's created world 
and his chief delight had he not fallen to the beguile- 
ment of Satan would have been to trace out the mys- 
teries of the wcrld in which he was placed. Had he 
been able to trace out these truths he would always have 
seen in them the omnipotent hand of God. and given Him 
the glory. But man sinned: he fell and became a de- 
praved being. Paul tells us: "Because that which may 
be known of God is manifest in [to. margin] them: for 
Gcd hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things 
of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, 
being understood by the things that are made, even his 
eternal power and Godhead: so that they are without 
excuse: because that, when they knew God. they glori- 
fied him not as God, neither were thankful: but became 
vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was 
darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they be- 
came fools." •* 

Having ruled God out of the order of things, they tried 
to solve the riddle of this world and the universe by 
their own wisdom. But the wisdom of this world is 
"foolishness with God." Why? Is it because the facts 
upon which they build their philosophic wisdom are 
false? Is it because they cannot discern by the process 
of reason what these facts are'.' No! It is because they 
attempt to interpret and relate these facts apart from a 
knowledge of God. that their wisdom is foolishness. All 
learning is the tracing out of the mind and purpose of 
God, whether it be in the arts, the sciences, the human- 
ities, or in the field of theological and Biblical research. 
When God is removed from His rightful place then there 
is no ultimate to be attained in learning and the con- 
clusions drawn are foolishness. 



1 — "Lectures on Colossians." 
2— Genesis l:2Sb. 
3— Rom.nns 1:19-22. 



Dr. H. A. Ironside, p. 71. 



The key word in all the sciences today is "objectivity," 
that is, "stick to the facts." I maintain that the only- 
persons on earth who can be or dare to be fearlessly 
objective are those who have been regenerated by the 
Holy Spirit of God and have been returned to their 
proper relationship to God as sons. We need not fear 
to face the facts, if we have placed Christ in the center 
of our thinking, if we see Him not only as the God of 
salvation but also as the God of creation who holds the 
reins of the universe in His hands. 

When a person is saved by believing in Christ, Paul 
says "he is a new creature: old things are passed away: 
behold, all things are become new." •* It is not my pur- 
pose to give an exposition of this verse, but to point out. 
by way of introduction, that the believer is a new crea- 
ture, a new creation. He becomes a part of the new 
spiritual race. The world about him and the people in 
it become new. Not that there is a change in element 
or essence, but a change in relationship between the be- 
liever and the world in which he lives. It behooves him 
then to know that world that is groaning to be delivered, 
and to understand that every man. though marred and 
spoiled by sin, is in the image and likeness of God, 

The Iccal pastor is the key man in pointing up the 
program in the local church to make Christ preeminent. 
If he lacks in those qualities of character, not the least 
of which is his knowledge of contemporary things, the 
church will lack that p